The Lovers Film Still

The Lovers

Louis Malle

 
The Lovers (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1958
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #429

Louis Malle unveiled the natural beauty of Jeanne Moreau in his breakthrough, Elevator to the Gallows. With his follow-up, the scandalous smash The Lovers (Les amants), he made her a star once and for all. A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, perched on the edge between classical and New Wave cinemas, The Lovers presents Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger (Jean-Marc Bory). Thanks to its frank sexuality, The Lovers caused quite a stir, being censored and attacked for obscenity around the world. If today its shock has worn off, its glistening sensuality and seductive storytelling haven’t aged a day.

Cast

Jeanne TournierJeanne Moreau
Henri TournierAlain Cuny
Bernard Dubois-LambertJean-Marc Bory
Maggy Thiébaut-Leroy Judith Magre
Raoul Florès José Luis de Villalonga

Credits

DirectorLouis Malle
ScreenplayLouis Malle
CinematographyHenri Decaë
ProducerIrénée Leriche
DialogueLouise de Vilmorin
Inspired by "Point de lendemain" byDominique-Vivant Denon
EditingLéonide Azar

Disc Features

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

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

The Lovers: Succès de scandale

By Ginette Vincendeau May 12, 2008

When it came out in November 1958, The Lovers scandalized conservative France, just as it had outraged Catholic Italy at the Venice Film Festival two months earlier. At the same time, the film . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Lovers: Succès de scandale

By Ginette Vincendeau May 12, 2008

When it came out in November 1958, The Lovers scandalized conservative France, just as it had outraged Catholic Italy at the Venice Film Festival two months earlier. At the same time, the film . . . Read more »