Dir. Stephen Frears. 1988, 119 mins. 35mm. With Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman. “A first-rate piece of work by a director who’s daring and agile,” raved Pauline Kael in The New Yorker. “It’s heaven—alive in a way that movies rarely are.” An irresistible story about seduction and manipulation in aristocratic eighteenth-century France, Dangerous Liaisons has been filmed several times before, but never with such a marvelous cast, led by Glenn Close as the thoroughly unscrupulous mastermind. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the film won three (Best Screenplay, Costume, Production Design).
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