The Lovers [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]

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Overview

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

Synopsis

Les Amants
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jeanne Moreau
    Jeanne Moreau - Jeanne Tournier
  • Alain Cuny
    Alain Cuny - Henri Tournier
  • Jean-Marc Bory
    Jean-Marc Bory - Bernard Dubois-Lambert
  • Judith Magre
    Judith Magre - Maggy Thiebaut-Leroy
  • Image coming soon
    José-Luis de Villalonga - Raoul Florès
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