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Dangerous Liaisons Movie Review

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Underwhelmed by 1988's Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and John Malkovich? Then check out Roger Vadim's 1960 version of the 1782 novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Jeanne Moreau and the late Gerard Philipe star in this sexual tug of war between a ruthless husband and wife who get a bang out of tormenting their respective victims. Her target is an unsophisticated young man played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, his victim is a happily married (right!) bride portrayed by the director's wife, Annette Stroyberg. Moreau and Philipe are such cool customers that their roles make much more sense than they did with Close and Malkovich. The evil, beat atmosphere is enhanced by Thelonius Monk's timeless jazz score. AKA: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dangerous Love Affairs.

1960 111m/B FR IT Gerard Philipe, Jeanne Moreau, Jeanne Valeri, Annette Vadim, Simone Renant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Nikolas Vogel; D: Roger Vadim; W: Roger Vadim; C: Marcel Grignon; M: Thelonious Monk. VHS, LV

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