FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

Roger Vadim wrote and directed this modernized adaptation of the salacious 1782 novel Les liaisons dangereuses. Set in the late 1950s, Vadim’s version of Dangerous Liaisons stars Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, and Annette Stroyberg. Today, it’s hard to believe the film was so scandalous it was initially censored! 

Thelonious Monk’s soundtrack features his existing compositions at the time, plus music by Duke Jordan recorded by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers with Barney Wilen.

“The ski bunnies in their stretch pants, the after-hours jazz club where decadent women dance on table tops, the sleek blondes who flash long legs and bare backs at the camera, the dashingly Brylcreemed gents in their suits with razor-sharp lapels—it all adds up to an ambiance worthy of an early James Bond movie, or a Hugh Hefner house party.” —Joe Leydon, Houston Post December 1989 review

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Director
Roger Vadim
Released
1959
Language
French with English subtitles
Country
France
Running Time
106 minutes
Format
35mm, B/W