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The Lovers (1958 film)

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Director  Louis Malle
Music director  Johannes Brahms
Country  France
7.3/10 IMDb

4.5/5 Amazon

Genre  Drama
Language  French
The Lovers (1958 film) movie poster
Release date  30 September 1958 (1958-09-30) (Venice) 5 November 1958 (1958-11-05) (France) 26 October 1959 (1959-10-26) (USA)
Based on  Point de Lendemain  by Dominique Vivant
Writer  Louise de Vilmorin (dialogue)
Screenplay  Louis Malle, Louise Leveque de Vilmorin
Cast  Jeanne Moreau (Jeanne Tournier), Alain Cuny (Henri Tournier), José Luis de Villalonga (Raoul Flores), Jean-Marc Bory (Bernard Dubois-Lambert), Judith Magre (Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy), Gaston Modot (Coudray)
Similar movies  Knock Knock, Cheeky, Lie with Me, Jamon Jamon, Heavenly Creatures, Fish Tank

The lovers 1958

The Lovers (French: Les amants) is a 1958 French drama film directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, and Jean-Marc Bory. Based on the novel Point de Lendemain by Dominique Vivant, the film is about a woman involved in adultery who rediscovers human love. The Lovers was Malle's second feature film, made when he was 25 years old. The film was a box office hit in France when released theatrically gaining 2,594,160 admissions in France alone. The film was highly controversial for its depiction of allegedly obscene material when released in the United States. At the 1958 Venice Film Festival, the film won the Special Jury Prize and was nominated for the Golden Lion.


The Lovers (1958 film) movie scenes


The Lovers (1958 film) movie scenes

Jeanne Tournier (Moreau) lives with her husband Henri (Alain Cuny) and child in a mansion near Dijon. Her emotionally remote husband is a busy newspaper owner who has little time for his wife, except when he chooses to place demands upon her; often they sleep in separate rooms. Jeanne escapes to Paris regularly when she can spend time with her chic friend Maggy (Judith Magre) and the polo-playing Raoul (José Luis de Vilallonga), Maggy's friend and Jeanne's lover.

The Lovers (1958 film) movie scenes

Jeanne's constant talk of Maggy and Raoul leads to Henri demanding that Jeanne invite them to dinner and to stay as overnight guests. Jeanne's car breaks down on the day of the dinner party, and she accepts a lift from a younger man, Bernard (Jean-Marc Bory), and then asks him to drive her home. By the time they get back, Maggy and Raoul have already arrived at the mansion. It transpires that Bernard, an archaeologist, is the son of a friend of Jeanne's husband, and he too is added to the guest list. Jeanne spurns Raoul's advances, claiming it is too dangerous, but she spends time in a small boat on the river with the attentive Bernard. Clandestinely, they spend the night together. In the morning, to the surprise of everyone, Jeanne leaves with Bernard for a new life.


The Lovers (1958 film) movie scenes
  • Jeanne Moreau as Jeanne Tournier
  • Jean-Marc Bory as Bernard Dubois-Lambert
  • Judith Magre as Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
  • José Luis de Vilallonga as Raoul Flores
  • Gaston Modot as Coudray
  • Pierre Frag
  • Michèle Girardon as La secrétaire
  • Gib Grossac
  • Lucienne Hamon as Chantal
  • Georgette Lobre as Marthe
  • Claude Mansard as Marcelot
  • Alain Cuny as Henri Tournier
  • American obscenity case

    The Lovers (1958 film) movie scenes

    The film is important in American legal history as it resulted in a court case that questioned the definition of obscenity. A showing of the film in Cleveland Heights, Ohio's Coventry Village resulted in a criminal conviction of the theatre manager for public depiction of obscene material. He appealed his conviction to the United States Supreme Court, which reversed the conviction and ruled that the film was not obscene in its written opinion (Jacobellis v. Ohio). The case resulted in Justice Potter Stewart's famously subjective definition of hard-core pornography: "I know it when I see it." (Stewart did not consider the film to be such.)


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