The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain) (1986)
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A rousing "he said/she said" endeavor, The Decline of the American Empire begins by separating the boys from the girls. Preparing a gourmet dinner, four male intellectuals begin trading stories of their sexual experiences. At the same time, four well-read women, all working out in a gym, exchange their own tales from the love front. The film is set in the lofty circles of academia, a world well known to Canadian director Denys Arcand. The anecdotes related herein are based on actual events in
Jun 19, 1986 Wide
Oct 5, 2004
Koch Lorber Films
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What Arcand has devised is a kind of Nia Vardalos movie in tenured-faculty clothing: Our Big Fat Bourgeois Salon ... It trades only the crudest ironies and screenwriting mechanics.
As a movie with a lot of clever talk about sex and love, this is pretty good. As a movie about the decline of the American empire it pales in comparison to the real thing.
instead of being wickedly funny, it's repellent before becoming a total snore
Give Empire credit for giving Woody Allen a run for his money in '86, but its force has all but vanished today.
Asks all the right questions about the sexual revolution and makes some interesting connections between eros and middle age.
There's very little plot in Decline of the American Empire...but when the dialogue is this good and the characters this compelling, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Através de suas conversas casuais (embora com efeitos estudados), os personagens deste filme estabelecem um vivo retrato das relações humanas - especialmente do sexo, claro.
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