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Laughter in the Dark (1969)

X | | Drama | 28 August 1969 (UK)
A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Edward Bond, Vladimir Nabokov (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicol Williamson ... Sir Edward More
Anna Karina ... Margot
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Herve Tourace
Peter Bowles ... Paul
Siân Phillips ... Lady Pamela More
Sebastian Breaks Sebastian Breaks ... Brian
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Amelia More
Edward Gardner Edward Gardner ... Driver
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Miss Porly
Willoughby Goddard ... Colonel
Basil Dignam ... Dealer
Philippa Urquhart Philippa Urquhart ... Philippa
Helen Booth Helen Booth ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Burton ... Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
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A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

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Vladimir Nabokov's tale of suspense and cruelty. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Infiel See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Director Henri Georges had previously attempted to film " Laughter in the Dark" in 1962. See more »

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Referenced in The Hitchhiker (2017) See more »

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Under-appreciated...worth a second look
3 February 2006 | by Jackstone54See all my reviews

The movie version of Nabokov's pre-Lolita novel received mixed reviews when it was released in 1969. Among the movie's champions were Penelope Gilliatt of the New Yorker and Joseph Morgenstern, then writing for Newsweek. Richard Burton did not decline the male lead; he was fired at the start of the filming because of drunkeness. While his replacement, Nicol Williamson, was way too young for the part, Williamson gives an uncanny performance. He is matched by Anna Karina, who is excellent as the devious usherette who captivates him. This movie was one of her excursions into English-language cinema. "Laughter in the Dark" illustrates the phrase "Love is blind", both literally and figuratively. This movie should be made available on DVD and video, the better for movie lovers to admire its intelligence ,black humor and fine acting.


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