French filmmaker JosTe Dayan directs the erotic drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on the 18th century novel by Choderlos de Laclos and updated by screenwriter Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. A co-production of France and Canada, this French-language television miniseries is reimagined with a swinging '60s setting. Madame de Mertueil (Catherine Deneuve) ...Read MoreFrench filmmaker JosTe Dayan directs the erotic drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on the 18th century novel by Choderlos de Laclos and updated by screenwriter Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. A co-production of France and Canada, this French-language television miniseries is reimagined with a swinging '60s setting. Madame de Mertueil (Catherine Deneuve) and Vicomte de Valmont (Rupert Everett) are a couple of wealthy and seductive aristocrats. Advancing in years, Mertueil grows jealous when she learns that her old flame Gercourt (Andrzej Zulawski) is planning to marry the much younger CTcile Volanges (Leelee Sobieski). The bored rich couple plot a scheme to have Valmont seduce CTcile before the wedding. Valmont also goes to visit Rosemonde (Danielle Darrieux) in Saint Tropez, where he meets the married woman Marie Tourvel (Nastassja Kinski). Featuring a musical score by Angelo Badalamenti and period costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Les Liaisons Dangereuses premiered on U.S. television on WE: Women's Entertainment in March 2004. Andrea LeVasseur, RoviRead Less
Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Nastassja Kinski, Leelee Sobieski, Danielle Darrieux. New in new packaging. 2 tapes. Language: English. Run time: 200 mins. Originally released: 2003. Still factory wrapped-Box and tape are perfect-RV1-Fast shipping
TITLE: Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses)
GENRE: Drama/ Tragic Psychological Thriller (French Mini-series dubbed into English)
CAST: Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Natassja Kinski, Leelee Sobieski and Andrzej Zulawski
PLOT: Two lovers who love for their mutual interest in matters which decimate affairs of the heart, practice at ruining people lives by playing games with those unfortunates' Psychies. Well laid plans go astray as they themselves fall victim to the twists which can come to love just by life's own turnings.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10; The dialogue, the character development, the costuming, the acting and the locations are all enthralling (as is the subject matter). At times the dis-synchronicity of the two languages, French and English can be seen in the translation dubbing (But the cast is to be commended for their part in that aspect) At times, knowing they are speaking a different language as the film goes on, you can pay attention to the nuances of the actor's presentations and gesturing which all add to this successful story telling.
DVD BONUS: Brief Filmographies, production still photographs and an assortment of C. Deneuve movie trailers.
ADDED NOTES: This film takes place in Paris and the French Riviera mostly and you think you are there, but the credits show that much of the filming was done in England and Canada. Amazing!