Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangeureuses was the basis for this Academy Award-winning Stephen Frears film. The plot is motivated by a cruel wager between the beautiful but debauched Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and her misogynistic former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovitch). The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges (Uma Thurman) before the
Jan 1, 1988 Wide
May 1, 2001
Warner Home Video
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Marquise De Merteuil
Vicomte De Valmont
Madame De Tourvel
Madame De Volanges
Cecile De Volanges
Madame De Rosemonde
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A sombre, manipulative affair in which the dÃ (C)cor is never allowed to usurp our interest.
Director Stephen Frears accelerates entertainingly through Christopher Hampton's wig-and-powder sado-comedy about sexual mind games in 18th-century France.
Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks.
Emotional cruelty through sexual manipulation is the rule of the game of this smooth transfer of Christopher Hampton's witty play, with an all-American cast, headed by Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Splendid... full of deliciously devious characters
For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun.
Close, Malkovich e Pfeiffer aproveitam ao máximo seus fascinantes personagens e os diálogos afiados do roteiro de Hampton, mas o filme é um pouco mais frio do que deveria.
Wicked and well-appointed, this is a deliriously sinful costume a drama.
Its vernacular style allows the film to connect easily with present-day morals, sexual politics, and thirst for power.
Stephen Frears' direction is superb -- the design and lighting evoke simultaneous worlds of privilege and squalor, and while the nature of day-to-day life in 18th century France becomes readily apparent, it never becomes distracting.
Perhaps the juciest adaptation of the story that one could hope for.
It's like Masterpiece Theater ... but not boring!
A scintillating study of sexual politics that skillfully presents the cruel ways two malevolent protagonists manipulate their targets and deceive others around them.
If the very most basic plot is a little too much like some of those incompetently made French sex-romps that show up on late-night cable, everything else is first-rate in this production.
Audience Reviews for Dangerous Liaisons
- Vicomte De Valmont: But it is always the best swimmers who drown.
- Vicomte De Valmont: You are a genuinely wicked woman.
- Marquise De Merteuil: When it comes to marriage, one man is as good as the next.
- Marquise De Merteuil: War.
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