Les Amants

Les Amants

Jeanne Moreau
Director: Louis Malle Cast: Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
, Alain Cuny
Alain Cuny
, Jean-Marc Bory
Jean-Marc Bory
Louis Malle

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen)

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The Lovers (Les Amants) furthered the reputations of both director Louis Malle and star Jeanne Moreau -- and also pushed the boundaries of American censorship (1959 vintage) to the breaking point. Moreau plays a humdrum housewife whose life brightens considerably when she meets a handsome young archeologist (Jean-Marc Bory). The two enjoy an exquisite evening in the boudoir, and when comes the dawn, Moreau has gained a whole new outlook on things. She abandons her family in favor of Bory, even though neither has the slightest notion of what the future will hold. The Lovers gained notoriety upon its first release as the Movie With the Nude Scene: though a model of decorum by today's standards (the most suggestive moment is a shot of Moreau's hand falling limply on the bedsheets), the scene provided fodder for outraged guardians of public morals for several years. One hapless Cleveland theatre owner was arrested on an obscenity charge, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Venice Film festival took a more liberal stance on the matter, awarding The Lovers a special jury prize.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
UPC: 0715515029629
Original Release: 1958
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 25,465

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version; Selection of archival interviews with director Louis Malle, actors Jeanne Moreau and José Luis de Villalonga, and Writer Louise de Vilmorin; Gallery of promotional material from the U.S. release; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A new essay by film historian Ginette Vincendeau

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Moreau Jeanne Tournier
Alain Cuny Henri Tournier
Jean-Marc Bory Bernard Dubois-Lambert
Judith Magre Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
José-Luis de Villalonga Raoul Florès
Gaston Modot Coudray
Pierre Frag Actor
Michéle Girardon Actor
Lucienne Hamon Actor
Georgette Lobbe Marthe
Claude Mansard Marcelot
Patricia Garcin Catherine, fille de Jeanne (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Screenwriter
Leonide Azar Editor
Alain Cavalier Asst. Director
Louise DeVilmorin Screenwriter
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Bernard Evein Production Designer
Gisele Jacquin Makeup
Irenee Leriche Producer,Production Manager
Jacques Saulnier Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lovers
1. Opening Credits [2:07]
2. Raoul Plays Solo [4:24]
3. Back Home With Henri [8:35]
4. Surprise Visit [2:39]
5. Jeanne's Double Life [:00]
6. Henri's Demand [6:12]
7. Roadside Attraction [5:50]
8. Bernard Dubois-Lambert [6:10]
9. A Bear and Two Corpses [5:21]
10. "Dinner was a Disaster" [4:38]
11. Turning In [5:24]
12. To Be Someone Else [3:14]
13. "The Night Is a Woman" [9:36]
14. "Mom Amour" [6:35]
15. Wake-Up Call [9:21]
16. No Regrets [5:46]
1. Color Bars [4:43]

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