- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304696515
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A sumptuously mounted and photographed celebration of artful wickedness, betrayal and sexual intrigue among depraved 18th-century French aristocrats, Dangerous Liaisons (based on Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is seductively decadent fun. The villainous heroes are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of (in-)human expression. Former lovers, they now fancy themselves rather like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion. They ritualistically act out their twisted affections by engaging in elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to ever-more-dastardly acts of manipulation and betrayal. Why? Just because they can; it's their perverted way of getting their kicks in a dead-end, pre-Revolutionary culture. Among their voluptuous and virtuous prey are fair-haired angels played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, who have never looked more ripe for ravishing. When the Vicomte finds himself beset by bewilderingly genuine emotions for one of his victims, the Marquise considers it the ultimate betrayal and plots her heartless revenge. Dangerous Liaisons is a high-mannered revel for the actors, who also include Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves. --Jim EmersonSee all Product description
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The film itself has to be worth 4 stars as it's a fair rendition of the meticulously plotted book - although it has omissions, at least it does not commit the sin of changing the end. The costumes and sets are a pleasure to watch.
My main reservation is the casting. Glenn Close is undoubtedly a wonderful actress, but she is no beauty, and it was implausible that a man would, at her command, have slighted his true beloved to the extent he destroys her. The "true beloved" on the other hand, Michelle Pfeiffer, convinces nicely as the pure woman whose effect on the libertine Valmont takes him wholly by surprise. Even this casting is not entirely perfect as Madame de Tourval, although cattily described by the Marquise de Merteuil as so old she is "encrusted", is actually supposed to be twenty two!
The accents I found entirely jarring.
On the whole captivating, although credit should really go to the author of the book, Choderlos de Laclos. The book was first published in 1782. Well, as they say, nothing changes....
It is beautifully acted throughout, and the direction is just right.
Perfect for a cold, wet winter afternoon.