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Director
  
Andrzej Zulawski

Music director
  
Alain Wisniak

Language
  
French

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Genre
  
Drama

Duration
  

Country
  
France

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Writer
  
Dominique Garnier
,
Andrzej Zulawski

Release date
  
16 May 1984 (1984-05-16)

Screenplay
  
Andrzej Zulawski, Dominique Garnier

Cast
  
Valérie Kaprisky
(Ethel),
Francis Huster
(Lucas Kessling),
Lambert Wilson
(Milan Mliska),
Patrick Bauchau
(Ethel's Father),
Giselle Pascal
(Gertrude),
Roger Dumas
(André, le photographe)

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The Public Woman (French: La femme publique) is a 1984 French drama film inspired by Dostoevsky's novel Demons and directed by Andrzej Żuławski, starring Valérie Kaprisky, Lambert Wilson and Francis Huster as the lead actors. The film had a total of 1,302,425 admissions in France where it was the 28th highest-grossing film of the year.

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An inexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's novel Demons. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short time she is unable to draw the line between acting and reality. She winds up playing a real-life role posing as the dead wife of another Czech immigrant, who is manipulated by the filmmaker into committing a political assassination.

César Awards, France, 1985

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Nominated
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  • Best Actress - Valérie Kaprisky
  • Best Supporting Actor - Lambert Wilson
  • Best Writing - Adaptation - Andrzej Żuławski and Dominique Garnier
  • Montréal World Film Festival 1984

  • Won Most Popular Film - Andrzej Żuławski
  • Won Special Prize of the Jury - Andrzej Żuławski
  • DVD releases

    The film had its English-speaking debut on DVD in late 2008, when new label Mondo Vision released the film as its debut title. The disc features a commentary from Andrzej Żuławski and a video interview, where he discusses Polish cinema and the film's production. The film is also available on DVD from LCJ Editions in France, IVC in Japan, and Minerva Pictures in Italy, but lack these extras.

    References

    The Public Woman Wikipedia
    The Public Woman IMDb The Public Woman themoviedb.org


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