The Decline Of The American Empire (Le Declin de L’Empire Americain)

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(out of 5)


Four men prepare a dinner party and discuss women (or in one case, men), their bodies and the affairs they’ve enjoyed with them. Four women meet at a health spa and talk about pretty much the same thing from the opposite point of view, then later join the men at the party and the conversation becomes more complex. The interactions of these varied characters and their relationships with each other make for a wonderful, satisfying comedy of manners that was the perfect setup for the emotionally moving sequel. Terrific acting and pristine direction by Arcand led to Canada’s first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film (the subsequent two nominations for Canada were also directed by Arcand).


Canada, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by Denys Arcand, collaboration with , , , , , ,

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (Canada)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Canadian Screen Awards (Genie Awards)
Best Motion Picture
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Gabriel Arcand)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Louise Portal)
Best Achievement in Direction (Denys Arcand)
Best Screenplay, Original
Best Overall Sound
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Sound Editing

Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Remy Girard)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Pierre Curzi)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Dorothee Berryman)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Yves Jacques)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Genevieve Roux)


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