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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Director:
Stephen Frears
Glenn Close og John Malkovich i Dangerous Liaisons (1988).
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Farlige forbindelser
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producers:
Norma Heyman
Hank Moonjean
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos):
Christopher Hampton


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Marquise de Merteuil Glenn Close
Vicomte de Valmont John Malkovich
Madame de Tourvel Michelle Pfeiffer
Cecile de Volanges Uma Thurman
Madame de Volanges Swoosie Kurtz
Chevalier Danceny Keanu Reeves
Madame de Rosemonde Mildred Natwick

 

Review

Glenn Close and John Malkovich's diabolic games of seduction and secret affairs are balancing exquisitely on the line between playfulness and disaster in this timeless but faithful adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. As directed by Stephen Frears and written by Christopher Hampton (partly based on his own play), the film has got just enough footing in both the novel's contemprary period and in our own time to make this a film of both artistic merit and great entertainment value. It's liberating to see the free-spirited boldness with which Frears, Hampton and the performers go about bringing this tale of dubious morals to the screen. The story is told with the seductiveness of Valmont and the slyness of Merteuil, and the result is almost unpleasantly alluring. Superb performances crown this winner of three Academy Awards.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 01.01.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 12.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang