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DANGEROUS LIAISONS

by Stephen Frears

synopsis

In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont play a dangerous game of seduction. Valmont is someone who measures success by the number of his conquests and Merteuil challenges him to seduce the soon to be married Cecile de Volanges and provide proof in writing of his success. His reward for doing so will be to spend the night with Merteuil. He has little difficulty seducing Cecile but what he really wants is to seduce Madame de Tourvel. When Merteuil learns that he has actually fallen in love with her, she refuses to let him claim his reward for seducing Cecile. Death soon follows.

original title: Dangerous Liaisons
country: United States, United Kingdom
year: 1988
genre: fiction
directed by: Stephen Frears
film run: 119'
screenplay: Christopher Hampton
cast: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer
cinematography by: Philippe Rousselot
film editing: Mick Audsley
art director: Stuart Craig
costumes designer: James Acheson
producer: Norma Heyman, Hank Moonjean
co-producer: Christopher Hampton
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