Monday, May 28, 2012

Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Lust, seduction and revenge

Dangerous Liaisons (1988) / Warner Bros. Pictures
Directed By: Stephen Frears
Starring:  Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Keanu Reeves, Swoosie Kurtz, & Uma Thurman

Costumes Designed By: James Acheson
Original Music: George Fenton


Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before.

~ Nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
~ The motion picture was based on the play: "Le liaisons dangereuses" which was based on a 18th Century novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses."   

                                                    Acardemy Awards (1989)
1989 WonOscarBest Art Direction-Set Decoration - Stuart Craig & Gérard James
Best Costume Design - James Acheson
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Christopher Hampton
NominatedOscarBest Actress in a Leading Role - Glenn Close
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Michelle Pfeiffer
Best Music, Original Score - George Fenton
Best Picture - Norma Heyman & Hank Moonjean


Set in the mid 18th century France we meet the aristocracy who are on the outside the lovely and well groomed of all people. The rules and eiquette are carefully followed but behind closed doors of their fine manor's rests the lies, deception, ruthelessly playing with others as they were chess pieces. Marquise de Merteuil (Close) is the most rutheless woman who does the heavy handed games while looking lovely and fitting right into the upper class society in which she belongs.

The Marquise decides to speak with her often partner in the bedroom the also wicked Viconte de Valmont (Malkovich). Both together decide to hatch a plan of revenge against the Marquise's recent loversand his new finacee, Cécile de Volanges (Thurman). Cécile is the Madame de Volanges (Kurtz) daughter and is cousin's with the Marquise. The Marquise wants to plan with the Viconte to get the young lady seduced and ruined which makes them both very happy to see the drama to unfold.  

While thr Viconte agrees to the scheme he is at the same time trying to seduce the virtuous Madame de Tourvel (Pfeiffer) whom is married though her husband is currently abroad. The Madame de Tourvel is staying in the meantime with her aunt. Madame de Volanges knows that the Vinconte is up to wrong doing with the Madame de Tourvel and warns her of his games so he moves his sites to Cécile de Volanges. What we then discover is that Cécile has been taking music lessons at home from a very young and dashing Chevalier Raphael Danceny (Reeves) whom the both have started to fall in love. The one issue is that the Chevalier is poor with no social standing as Cécile so their love can never go any further into marriage since the Madame de Volanges would object to the courtship.

Horrible games and deception occur that are being orchestrated by Valmont and the Marquise. The people that they are deceiving are suffering and potentially it looks like even the puppet masters of the games are potentially going to suffer conequences. The beautiful music, costumes, scenery  and actors make this for a true masterpiece of a film.  



  1. Dangerous Liaisons is a deliciously wicked movie and it's been far too long since I watched it.

  2. Hi Paul!

    I think it is a delicious film for all to behold! I had to highlight this film being such an extremely terriffic film along with it's cast....I have to watch it again as well! Such a true classic.