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Dangerous Liaisons back to product details

Top notch
written by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 2:51 PM PDT
I remember reading a contemporary review of this production musing that "reptilian" and "fey" were characteristics we don't normally associate with a compelling seductor -- but they're totally convincing in Malkovich's Valmont here. This crisp, intelligent script and direction do real justice to the intricate story of intrigue and corruption, but what drives the film home for me (and redeems it from merely an excruciating dissection of vileness) is Valmont's stunning discovery that the love he has betrayed was a prize that has turned everything else he ever valued into ashes in his mouth. All his life he's lied to everyone else but taken a perverse pride in not lying to himself. In the end he can neither hide the truth from himself nor continue living with it. -- I've tried watching the Christopher Hampton version but can't do it, much as I normally enjoy Colin Firth and Annette Bening. This is the one for me.

great period flick
written by psychodrama311 July 8, 2003 - 7:51 PM PDT
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this movie has a delicious mean streak running through it that helps it become more then a victorian era flick. the casting was absolutely perfect.
john malkovich is perfect as valmont. the most self centered..and selfish.. that is of course besides marquise de merteuil..played by glenn close. she is absolutely perfect and nasty in an understated way. a gorgeous michelle pfeiffer brings just the right touch of beautiful innocence to her role, as does a stunning young Uma Thurman..playing a naive young woman.
played out with of course a beautiful lush scenery and most all period pics are. while not following the book step by step. the plot this movie follows.. works out well.


(Average 7.14)
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