Jeanne Moreau, L'Immortelle

Les Liaisons dangereuses

Roger Vadim

A scandal-making modern-day version of the Choderlos de Laclos novel, as louche and juicy as one would expect from the maker of And God Created Woman. (The De Gaulle government tried to have the film banned for export, so unnerved were they by its combo of sex and politics.) In this vision of anomie and corruption in contemporary Paris, Jeanne Moreau plays the coldly ambitious Juliette de Merteuil, who is determined to win her husband, Valmont (Gérard Philipe), an important position at the UN. Her sinister schemes, including Valmont's seduction of the young Cécile de Volanges (played by Annette Strøyberg, a Bardot clone whom the director married during the production), take the jaded couple from the salons of Paris to a Eurotrash ski resort. The jazz score by Thelonius Monk, the atmosphere of late-'50s Parisian swank, and Moreau exuding sullen elegance and froideur in chic chignon and Chanel, give the film great allure. "Sexy and witty, a rare combination" (The New York Post).


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