Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

DVD - 1997
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Set in 18th century France, this is the story of two bored aristocrats and the havoc they wreak when they play dangerous games with people's lives. The beautiful widow Merteuil challenges rakish Valmont to seduce a virtuous young married woman, never suspecting that he would violate his personal credo and fall in love.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 1997
ISBN: 9780790732770
0790732777
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA DAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Acres of silk, a top-notch cast, and glimpses of nudity couldn't even begin to disguise the plain fact that Dangerous Liaisons (from 1988) was nothing but a fuggin' tedious bore. There was absolutely no question about it.

Here's a brief list of some of the more fitting adjectives that I think best describes the ugly, distastefulness of Dangerous Liaisons' story, in a nutshell - Vicious, Humiliating, Misogynistic, Malicious, Treacherous, Hateful, Scandalous, Cynical, Sadistic.

Set in 18th Century France - Dangerous Liaisons' story concerned the utterly horrid, backstabbing antics of rich and bored aristocrats. (Like, didn't these frickin' wealthy bastards have anything better to do?)

In this slimy, little "real-life" game of villainous betrayal - Glenn Close played a detestable, butch-dyke Marquise and her despicable, little, two-faced conspirator-friend was played by the effeminate, mealy-mouthed John Malkovich (who was very badly miscast for his part).

As an added disappointment - Keanu Reeves' performance as an oafish, little rich-boy was so wooden, in fact, that it made that little puppet-boy named Pinocchio look as if he were really all flesh and blood.

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Basileus
Jun 09, 2011

This is my favourite movie of all time. Two bored aristocrats in pre-revolutionary France enjoy toying with other peoples emotions, to sometimes tragic results. Sumptuous sets and costumes, and brilliant acting. Particularly notable is Glenn Close as the amoral Marquise.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Well scripted, and well acted, this movie is a must see!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Marquise de Merteuil: Like most intellectuals, he's intensely stupid.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Vicomte de Valmont: I ended by falling on my knees and pledging her eternal love. And do you know that, at that time, and for several hours afterwards, I actually meant it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Vicomte de Valmont: You see, I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself. I want the excitement of watching her betray everything that's is most important to her. Surely you understand that. I thought betrayal was your favorite word.
Marquise de Merteuil: No, no..."cruelty." I always think that has a nobler ring to it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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