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Sapho ou La fureur d'aimer (1971)

Françoise Legrand, better known as "Sappho", attractive young woman of the Parisian bourgeoisie, flits from man to man with the consent of Maurice Duran-Vior, his rich protector, a renowned... See full summary »


Georges Farrel


Alphonse Daudet (novel), Georges Farrel (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Marina Vlady ... Françoise Legrand, dite Sapho
Renaud Verley ... Lionel de Lancey
Dawn Addams ... Marianne
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Maurice Duran-Vior
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... M. de Lancey
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... L'oncle Edouard
Lorraine Rainer Lorraine Rainer ... Javotte Monestier
Gabriele Tinti ... Aldo
Claude Rollet Claude Rollet ... Marc Ferrière
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... La gouvernante
Gisèle Grandpré Gisèle Grandpré ... Mme Monestier
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... M. Monestier
Henri Cogan Henri Cogan ... Le peintre
Richard Saint-Bris Richard Saint-Bris ... L'ami des Monestier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norbert Alerman Norbert Alerman


Françoise Legrand, better known as "Sappho", attractive young woman of the Parisian bourgeoisie, flits from man to man with the consent of Maurice Duran-Vior, his rich protector, a renowned financier. At a social gathering, she meets Lionel de Lancey, younger than she, a cool diplomat, and, as usual, she spends the night with him. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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24 March 1971 (France) See more »

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Saffo See more »

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Alternate-language version of Inspiration (1931) See more »


Music by Georges Garvarentz, Lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
Sung by David Alexander Winter
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It's not a game you'll want to play.
27 November 2014 | by michaelt-culliganSee all my reviews

It was possibly novel in the early seventies to have a heroine who was free-spirited, who pursued men for the pleasure of brief affairs or even one-night-stands. In this case she is known as Sapho and, as she is not only given full reign by her wealthy 'protector', but is played by the gorgeous Marina Vlady, it's no surprise that she normally achieves her aim. So far so good – although there is still a large degree of coyness about the sex scenes – but it all begins to fall apart and descend into a very average story when she meets her match. After a night of passion with diplomat Lionel de Lancey (Renaud Verley), she realises that she has fallen in love. From that moment on, the original premise of the film appears to be lost. Her lover is already due to marry a more suitable bride who has been chosen and approved by his father, and Sapho has to decide if she is unselfish enough to allow his future success at the possible expense of her own. To call it 'average' would be to praise it a bit too highly.

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