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Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Claude Brulé (adaptation), Choderlos de Laclos (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Juliette de Merteuil
Gérard Philipe ... Vicomte de Valmont
Annette Stroyberg ... Marianne Tourvel (as Annette Vadim)
Madeleine Lambert Madeleine Lambert ... Mme Rosemonde
Jeanne Valérie ... Cécile Volanges
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Jerry Court
Boris Vian ... Prévan
Gillian Hills ... Une amie de Cécile
Paquita Thomas Paquita Thomas ... Nicole
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Danceny
Simone Renant ... Mme Volanges
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Storyline

Juliette Merteuil and Valmont is a sophisticated couple, always looking for fun and excitement. Both have sexual affairs with others and share their experiences with one another. But there is one rule: never fall in love. But this time Valmont falls madly in love with a girl he meets at a ski resort, Marianne. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Dangerous Love Affairs See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released eight weeks before Gerard Philippe's sudden death. See more »

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Referenced in Angels in New York: Episode #1.2 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude In Blue (À L' Esquinade)
Written by Jacques Marray (as Duke Jordan)
Performed by Art Blakey with The Barney Wilen Quartet
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Complementing and correcting
26 April 2018 | by ackermanleSee all my reviews

Many of the reviews here included are as good as anyone needs. Therefore, I will not waste your time, nor mine, writing a subjective take on what is a 6 to 8 point movie. What compels me to write, however, is a correction: the music was not written by Thelonious Monk, as is stated in at least two reviews. The credit goes to pianist Duke Jordan (1922-2006), contemporary and friend of Charlie Parker, except of course, that Jordan lived a much longer life, the last 25+ years (since 1978) in Denmark. For those who are interested, the full line up in the soundtrack includes: Sonny Cohn trumpet, Charlie Rouse tenor sax, Eddie Kahn bass, and Art Taylor drums. And, if you excuse a bit of trivia: Duke was married with jazz singer Sheila Jordan from 1952 to 1962 (at this writing, Ms Jordan is 89 years old and still performing!). Concluding, this movie has arguably one of the best jazz soundtracks of the time, not an uncommon event in French film during the 1950s and 1960s (e.g., Miles Davis, Art Blakey). This cool, post-bop, hard bop era was a great creative time for jazz, no doubt. Memorable and rewarded by time till this day.


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