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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

US 119m, Colour
Director: Stephen Frears; Cast: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, Uma Thurman

Dangerous Liaisons is a dramatic period film based upon the novel Les liaisons Dangereuses (1782) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Set in 18thC France, the film features outstanding performances by Glenn Close and John Malkovich who play delightfully depraved aristocrats who, as a former couple, take pleasure as rivals in games of sexual exploitation involving their mutual acquaintances. As amusement, they make and execute deviously intricate plans to humiliate a virtuous married woman, played by Pfeiffer, and to spoil the chastity of an unmarried younger woman, Uma Thurman – whose convent days were supposed to ensure her purity. Dangerous Liaisons is enormously engaging, filled with wonderful dialogue and nuanced performances, replete with lavish set design and costuming, and splendid cinematography (Klaus Ming March 2011).

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2 comments on “Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

  1. movie guy steve
    03/16/2011

    The sets and costumes really make this, don’t they? This wouldn’t be nearly the same film if the story was, say, moved into the modern age.

    • Klausming
      03/16/2011

      Funny you mention that. Not ever having seen this movie until now, I had the odd notion that it was a contemporary piece. And yeah, I don’t think it would have worked at all.

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