The imperious Jeanne Moreau stars in this modernized adaptation of the classic French novel of seduction and deceit, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Moreau and Gérard Philipe play the amoral Juliette and Valmont, a wife and husband in 1960s Paris who tell each other everything about their endless affairs; they respect nothing but each other's manipulative skill. But when Valmont genuinely falls in love with a virtuous woman (Annette Vadim, the director's wife at the time), Juliette tastes the bitterness of jealousy for the first time. Her revenge destroys not only their lives, but the lives of several innocents as well. Director Roger Vadim is unsubtle, but not without style. Like his other films (And God Created Woman, Barbarella), Liaisons features discreet nudity and aloof displays of passion, but the brilliantly orchestrated plot gives Liaisons real momentum, helped by a fantastic score from jazz giant Thelonious Monk. --Bret FetzerFrom the Back Cover :
Amidst the smoky and chic world of Parisian elite, Roger Vadim (And God Created Woman, Barbarella) re-creates Choderlos de Laclos' scathing 18th-century novel of bedroom secrets and casual cruelties. Jeanne Moreau (Jules & Jim, La Notte) and Gerard Phillipe (La Ronde, Beauty and the Beast) star as Juliette and Valmont, two charming and vindictive spouses who find sport in each other's conquests. But while staying at a ski resort, their games of passion come to a tragic end when Valmont falls in love with a pious socialite earmarked to be his next victim. Banned in some parts of France during its initial release, Les Liaisons Dangereuses co-stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (Red, Z) and features a jazz-infused score by Thelonious Monk.
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