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 VincendeauMay 12, 2008

When it came out in November 1958, The Lovers scandalized conservative France, just as it had . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Lovers: Succès de scandale

By Ginette VincendeauMay 12, 2008

When it came out in November 1958, The Lovers scandalized conservative France, just as it had . . . Read more »