The Proprietor (1996)





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Noted producer Ismail Merchant stepped up to the director's chair for this drama. Adrienne Mark (Jeanne Moreau) is the most acclaimed French novelist of her generation, whose best known work, Je M'Appelle France , was an international best-seller made into an award-winning French film (and a disastrous Americanized remake). Adrienne is living in New York City when she learns that the flat in Paris where she grew up (as Adrienne Markowsky) is up for sale. Looking for a key to her past, she buys the apartment and discovers a cache of letters written by her late mother. Adrienne's mother died in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII, but while she's been led to believe that her mother was betrayed while working with the resistance, the letters suggest that the truth was far more troubling. Along the way, Adrienne is romantically pursued by a young fan, William O'Hara (Josh Hamilton), though he instead finds love with Virginia Kelly (Sean Young), an American film producer eager to work with the great writer. The Proprietor also features Sam Waterston, Nell Carter, and Austin Pendleton.
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Jeanne Moreau
as Adrienne Mark
Sean Young
as Virginia Kelly
Sam Waterston
as Harry Bancroft
Christopher Cazenove
as Eliott Spencer
Nell Carter
as Millie Jackson
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Franz Legendre
Austin Pendleton
as Willy Kunst
Josh Hamilton
as William O'Hara
Marc Tissot
as Patrice Legendre
Pierre Vaneck
as Raymond T.K.
Joanna Adler
as F. Freemder
John Dalton
as Emilio
Jack Koenig
as Apartment Doorman
as Guardian Angel
as Guardian Angel
Kim Gilmore
as Guardian Angel
as Guardian Angel
Joan Audiberti
as French Lady
Katherine Argo
as French Lady
Judy Alanna
as Woman in Park
Hubert St. Macary
as Taxi Driver
Diane Nignan
as Pedestrian
Guillemette Grobon
as Suzanne T.K.
Cherif Ezzeldin
as French Man
Valerie Toledano
as French Woman
Jorg Schnass
as German Man
Paula Kein
as German Woman
Suzanna Pattoni
as Concierge
Alain Rimoux
as Notaire
Humbert Balsan
as Maitre Vicks
Donald Rosenfeld
as Maitre Ertaud
Frank De La Personne
as TV Moderator
Gilles Arbona
as Politician
Henri Garcia
as Interviewer
Catherine Kinley
as Entertainment Tonight Presenter
Marjolaine de Graeve
as Young Adrienne
Carole Franck
as Shop Assistant
Azmine Jaffer
as Shop Assistant
Brigitte Catillon
as Aristocratic Lady
Herve Briaux
as Aristocratic Man
Sophie Camus
as Girl in Nightmare
Eric Ruf
as Theodore
Élodie Bouchez
as Young Girl
Judith Remy
as Nadine
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for The Proprietor

The still gorgeous Jeanne Moreau. Only the screenplay wanted to deliver so much (even some political agenda) which made the flick diverse & unfocused.


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