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Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as "Dangerous Liaisons."Written by
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The film's release in territories such as UK was deliberately delayed to allow time to pass following the release of Dangerous Liaisons (1988). According to Christopher Hampton, the screenwriter of "Dangerous Liaisons," Milos Forman attended several performances of his play, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," in London, and decided to film his own version of the Choderlos de Laclos novel. The competing production prompted Lorimar Films to rush "Dangerous Liaisons" into production, in order to beat "Valmont" into theaters. It worked, and "Dangerous Liaisons" was a critical and moderate box office success, while "Valmont" received mixed reviews and was a box office failure. See more »
In the bathtub, talking with Valmont, Madame's negligee makes dramatic shifts on and off the legs from one shot to the next. See more »
Valmont is a very entertaining romance set in the upper classes of 17th century France. Valmont, the title character, is a rogue and womanizer. He is very likable, but has a terrible flaw; he can't love, and that is his ultimate undoing.
Milos Forman and his crew expertly recreate the world of baroque France. The actors are excellent especially Colin Firth as Valmont. The pacing is lively, as Valmont's world unravels, or at least gets away from him. Lots could be written on the psychology of Valmont, and its relationship to that of the modern Western man. And the movie works on that intellectual level, but it also works as a period-piece costume romance. I recommend it.
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