Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959)

ROGER VADIM

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Alternate title:  Dangerous Love Affairs

Italy/France, 1959.  Les Films Marceau-Cocinor.  Dialogue and adaptation by , Roger Vadim, , Screenplay by Roger Vailland, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Those with any inclination towards seeing Cruel Intentions should know that Dangerous Liaisons was already adapted to a modern setting by Roger Vadim (no need to point out that this is a highly superior version to that lame teen sexfest). It’s about a French aristocrat () who along with his haughty, evil conspirator () enjoys making bargains regarding sexual prowess. His latest project is to tear down the morality of a virtuous young woman (), though soon after he conquers her he is in danger of actually losing his heart. Very entertaining, even for those who already know the story inside out, and the modern parallels are brilliantly executed.

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