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Dangerous Liaisons
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by Norma Heyman
Hank Moonjean
Written by Christopher Hampton
Starring John Malkovich
Glenn Close
Michelle Pfeiffer
Uma Thurman
Keanu Reeves
Mildred Natwick
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 16, 1988
Running time 119 min.
Language English
Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 film directed by Stephen Frears. It is based upon a play by Christopher Hampton which in turn is based on the classic eighteenth-century novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Poster File links The following pages link to this file: Dangerous Liaisons Categories: Fair use posters ... Stephen Frears in Sweden, 1989 promoting his movie Dangerous Liaisons. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress. ... Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American Oscar-nominated film actress. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (first name pronounced ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Mildred Natwick (June 19, 1905 – October 25, 1994) was an American stage and film actress. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... Warner Bros. ... -1... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stephen Frears in Sweden, 1989 promoting his movie Dangerous Liaisons. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a famous French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. ... Pierre Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, a French official and army general, was born on October 18, 1741 in Amiens, France and died in Taranto, Italy on September 5, 1803. ...

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Production highlights

Dangerous Liaisons was Frears' eighth feature film, and his first working with American studios. With seven Academy Award nominations, it was a very successful Hollywood debut. A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... ...


The film features widely acclaimed performances by Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer in the roles of the three major characters from Laclos' novel, the Marquise de Merteuil, the Vicomte de Valmont and Madame de Tourvel, respectively; Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman and Swoosie Kurtz also appear in supporting roles. Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress. ... Keanu Charles Reeves (first name pronounced ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American Oscar-nominated film actress. ... Swoosie Kurtz (born on September 6, 1944, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress. ...


The movie was shot entirely on location in historical buildings of the French regions of Île-de-France and Picardie such as, among others, the famous Château de Vincennes. It was co-produced by Christopher Hampton, who also wrote the screenplay based on his adaptation of Laclos' novel for the stage. France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... Capital Paris Land area¹ 12,011 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Huchon (PS) (since 1998) Population  - Jan. ... (Region flag) (Region logo) Location Administration Capital Amiens Regional President Claude Gewerc (PS) (since 2004) Departments Aisne Oise Somme Arrondissements 13 Cantons 129 Communes 2,292 Statistics Land area1 19,399 km² Population (Ranked 12th)  - January 1, 2006 est. ... The chapel of Château de Vincennes (2005) The Château de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal castle in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, now a suburb of the metropolis. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ...


The original score was written by George Fenton. The soundtrack also included masterpieces of baroque and classical music, most notably works from Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and Gluck. George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... Baroque music describes an era and a set of styles of European classical music which were in widespread use between approximately 1600 and 1750 (see Dates of classical music eras for a discussion of the problems inherent in defining the beginning and end points). ... The Classical period in Western music occurred from about 1730 through 1820, despite considerable overlap at both ends with preceding and following periods, as is true for all musical eras. ... Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 – July 28 or 27, 1741), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist. ... Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought... George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Christoph Willibald (von) Gluck (July 2, 1714 - November 15, 1787) was a German composer, one of the most important opera composers of the Classical music era, particularly remembered for Orfeo ed Euridice. ...


The original English-language film, which has characters speaking American English, strives for an authentic French sensibility: conversations are hushed, almost whispered, in an effort to evoke the grace and reserve of eighteenth-century nobility. For other uses, see American English (disambiguation). ...


Awards

Dangerous Liaisons was nominated in 1989 for seven Academy Awards:

It won the last three. At the time, the fact that neither Frears nor Malkovich were nominated led to a few critical remarks in specialized magazines,[citation needed] particularly in the case of the latter. // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... George Fenton George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theatre. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses, working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... Most notably, James Acheson was the second actor to portray Jack Deveraux on NBC soap Days Of Our Lives after Joseph Adams originated the role. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... Norman Stuart Craig OBE (born April 14, 1942) is a production designer. ...


The film won two out of ten BAFTA Awards nominations, for Pfeiffer and Hampton. The writer was also awarded by the London Critics Circle and the Writers Guild of America. Philippe Rousselot's cinematography was nominated by the American and by the British Society of Cinematographers, losing both awards. BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...


The Film

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The plot

The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) calls on her partner, the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich), to seduce the young daughter of her cousin, Madame de Volange (Swoosie Kurtz), thus having revenge on a former lover, the man to whom young Cecile de Volange (Uma Thurman) is promised in marriage. At first, Valmont refuses her proposition: he wants to seduce the prudish Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is spending time at his aunt's house while her husband is abroad. Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, producer and director. ... Swoosie Kurtz (born on September 6, 1944, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress. ... Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American Oscar-nominated film actress. ... Michelle Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress. ...


Upon discovering that Madame de Volanges had been secretly writing to Madame de Tourvel to warn her against his evil nature, Valmont changes his mind and decides to follow Merteuil's scheme. They take advantage of the fact that young Cecile is in love with her music teacher, the Chevalier Danceny (Keanu Reeves), who does not qualify in the eyes of her mother as a potential suitor. Keanu Charles Reeves (first name pronounced ) is a Canadian actor, born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


At his aunt's, Valmont easily seduces Cecile. She later becomes pregnant with Valmont's child, but suffers a miscarriage, avoiding a scandal. Valmont meanwhile steadily targets his main prey, Madame de Tourvel, who, though realizing that she has become his prey, eventually gives in to his tireless advances.


Merteuil had promised the Vicomte a night in her company should he be successful. Nevertheless, she refuses to grant him his prize unless he breaks off with Tourvel completely, threatening to spoil his reputation as a debaucher. Valmont heeds to her request and leaves Tourvel, who at this falls fatally ill.


Valmont goes back to Merteuil, who in the meantime has taken Chevalier Danceny as her lover, and demands the immediate fulfillment of her promise. The Marquise refuses, and they declare war.


The Marquise reveals to Danceny that Valmont had seduced Cecile. Danceny and Valmont duel, and the latter is severely wounded. Before he dies, he asks Danceny to visit Tourvel and assure her of his love, and hands him a collection of letters from Merteuil.


After hearing Valmont's message from Danceny, Madame de Tourvel expires. Danceny publishes Merteuil's letters, and she is booed and disgraced by the audience at the opera.


The Adaptation

Les Liaisons dangereuses is an epistolary novel, i.e., a novel that is entirely composed of letters. Through the messages sent by its characters, the reader is informed not only of events and situations, but also of Valmont's and Merteuil's innermost thoughts and wishes. This may pose a few problems for stage adaptation, since a large portion of the original material consists not of action, but of perceptions and feelings. Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a famous French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. ... Titlepage of Aphra Behns Love-Letters (1684) An epistolary novel is written as a series of documents. ...


Hampton's play and screenplay follow the plot of the novel very closely, and are generally considered prime adaptations of Laclos' work. One remarkable difference lies in the fact that the film internalises and perhaps somewhat softens the final fate of the Marquise de Merteuil. In the book, she contracts a very painful disease and loses one eye after her letters to Valmont have been published. In the movie, she is ostracized by her peers at the opera, but her ultimate destiny is left undetermined. Her downfall become less physical and more mental and emotional. Christopher Hampton (born January 26, 1946 to British parents in Fayal, Azores) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. ... Pierre Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, a French official and army general, was born on October 18, 1741 in Amiens, France and died in Taranto, Italy on September 5, 1803. ...


It has been argued that the dynamics required by stage and film action have rendered the villains less capable of drawing the sympathy of the audience, since their inner motivations are not as clearly depicted as they are in their letters. Although still a very cruel person in the book, Valmont, for instance, is supposed to show a rather more violent nature in the movie.


Notable scenes


Merteuil looks in the mirror

The Opening Scene: The opening scene shows Merteuil's and Valmont's boudoir arrangements for aristocratic social life. After an ordeal of corsets, wigs, laces, drapes and hair spraying, the protagonists admire their images in the mirror. Glenn Close and John Malkovich look directly into the camera: this hints at the notion that the Marquise and the Vicomte are reflections of each other. The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) admires herself in the mirror at the opening scene of StephenFrears Dangerous Liaisons (1988) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ...


Merteuil's derisive smile

Merteuil's Cynicism: After Cecile is originally seduced by Valmont she is very distraught and writes to her "friend" Merteuil for guidance. This scene shows Merteuil as she drops from her carriage for the rescuing visit: Frears' camera catches Glenn Close's cynical smile below her hat just before she explodes in an outburst of faked sympathy towards Volanges' motherly concerns. The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) smiles below her hat in StephenFrears Dangerous Liaisons (1988) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ...


Merteuil removes her makeup

The Downfall of Aristocracy: In the last sequence, Merteuil silently removes her makeup after being booed out of the opera. The image fades out with her still working at her face, dropping a couple of tears from time to time. This scene is a reverse of the opening scene: in both the Marquise looks in the mirror, but her reactions to what she sees are exactly the opposite. The sequence is usually taken to be a representation of public exposure: the Marquise's evil nature had been revealed through her letters, forcing her thus to "remove the mask". It is also interpreted as a symbol of the imminent downfall of aristocracy and of the Ancien Régime, since the novel takes place shortly before the French Revolution. The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) removes her makeup in StephenFrears Dangerous Liaisons (1988) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Ancien Régime, a French term meaning Former Regime, but rendered in English as Old Rule, Old Order, or simply Old Regime, refers primarily to the aristocratic social and political system established in France under the Valois and Bourbon dynasties. ... The French Revolution (1789-1799) was a period of major political and social change in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based...

Other adaptations

Just one year after Dangerous Liaisons, Miloš Forman's vision of Laclos' novel was also released. Valmont had a screenplay by French writer and critic Jean-Claude Carrière and starred Annette Benning and Colin Firth in the leading roles. Jan Tomáš Forman (born February 18, 1932), better known as MiloÅ¡ Forman, is a film director, actor, screenwriter and professor. ... Valmont is a 1989 Orion drama/romance motion picture starring Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, and Siân Phillips. ... Jean-Claude Carrière (born September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France) is a screenwriter and actor. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, USA) is an American actress. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ...


An opera, written in 1994, revised 1996-1997, by Conrad Susa.


In 1999, Roger Kumble directed a more modern adaptation of the novel, released under the title Cruel Intentions. Curiously enough, Swoosie Kurtz, who played Madame de Volanges in Frears' movie, also stars in this version. Roger Kumble (born 28 May 1966) is an American Writer-Director. ... Cruel Intentions is a 1999 feature film starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. ... Swoosie Kurtz (born on September 6, 1944, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American actress. ...


A French adaptation, Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959) was directed by Roger Vadim. This version stars Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, and Annette Vadim, and updates the story to a late-1950s French bourgeois milieu. Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a 1959 movie, based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roger Vadim (born Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov, Paris, France, January 26, 1928; died February 11, 2000), was a journalist, author, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer who launched Brigitte Bardots career in the film And God Created Woman. ... Jeanne Moreau (born 23 January 1928 in Paris, France) is a French actress. ... Gérard Philipe Gérard Philipe (December 4, 1922 – November 22, 1959) was a prominent French actor. ... Annette Vadim (born Annette Stroyberg, December 7, 1936 - died December 12, 2005) was a Danish actress who was the second wife of the French film director Roger Vadim, with whom she had a daughter, Nathalie Vadim. ...


In 2003, Lee Je Yong directed a Korean adaptation, Untold Scandal (스캔들 - 조선남녀상열지사). This version stars Mi-suk Lee , Do-yeon Jeon, and Yong-jun Bae, and transposes the novel to eighteenth-century Korea. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Untold Scandal is a South Korean film released in 2003. ... Bae Yong Joon (born August 29, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea), is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas. ...


In 2005, New York City gay porn production company Lucas Entertainment released an adult remake of the film, "Michael Lucas' Dangerous Liaisons," featuring celebrity cameos by RuPaul, Boy George, Graham Norton, Bruce Vilanch, and Michael Musto. The film shared the 2006 GayVN Award for "Best Picture" with Rascal Video's Wrong Side of the Tracks Part One and Part Two. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Lucas Entertainment is a gay pornographic movie studio founded by pornographic actor Michael Lucas in New York City in 1998. ... Michael Lucas Dangerous Liaisons is a gay pornographic film directed by Michael Lucas and released by Lucas Entertainment in 2005. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George, (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent) is an English pop singer-songwriter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Comedian Bruce Vilanch in The Aristocrats Bruce Vilanch (born November 23, 1948) is an American gag writer who turned into a celebrity after becoming a wisecracking regular on the revamped Hollywood Squares game show, next to Whoopi Goldberg in the left center square. ... Michael Musto is an Italian-American Manhattan-based writer who began his career at The Village Voice, where he writes the weekly ([[1]]) La Dolce Musto celebrity and gossip column. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The GayVN Awards are an annual awards event for the gay pornography industry first held in 1998, and annually since 2000. ...


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