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Life Is a Bed of Roses

Life Is a Bed of Roses

A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Soprofilms, Les Films Ariane, Filmedis

Release in France : 20/04/1983

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Actors (74)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producers :

Soprofilms, Les Films Ariane, Filmedis

Co-production :

Fidéline FIlms

French distribution :

Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA)

Associate producer :

Films A2

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Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by brainwashing his friends, including his former fiancee, Livia, and her husband. In the present day, the castle is being used as an alternative school and, in the summer holidays, for an educational conference. At the conference, the American Nora Winkle bets Claudine that the ernest public school teacher Elisabeth Rousseau will be enticed into the bed of Robert Dufresne, even though the principal speaker, Walter Guarini, is obviously interested in Elisabeth. Meanwhile, the children staying at the castle over the holidays invent their own medieval tale about freeing prisoners from the dungeons. Written by Will Gilbert

Full credits (11)

Assistant directors :

Jean Léon, Florence Malraux, Guy Pinon

Screenwriter :

Jean Gruault

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Lenoir

Assistant editors :

Jean-Pierre Besnard, Philippe Tourret

Music Composer :

M. Philippe-Gérard

Costume designers :

Enki Bilal, Catherine Leterrier

Producer :

Philippe Dussart

Director of Photography :

Bruno Nuytten

Editors :

Jean-Pierre Besnard, Albert Jurgenson

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvette Baudrot

Production designers :

Enki Bilal, Jacques Saulnier

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Feature film

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Fiction, Experimental

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Venice International Film Festival  - 1983

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1983)


Official Competition