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The Lovers

The Lovers

A Feature film by Louis Malle

Produced by NEF - Nouvelles Éditions de Films

Release in France : 05/11/1958


    Jeanne Tournier (Moreau) lives with her husband Henri (Alain Cuny) and child in a mansion near Dijon. Her emotionally remote husband is a busy newspaper owner who has little time for his wife, except when he chooses to place demands upon her; often they sleep in separate rooms. Jeanne escapes to Paris regularly when she can spend time with her chic friend Maggy (Judith Magre) and the polo-playing Raoul (José Luis de Vilallonga), Maggy's friend and Jeanne's lover. Jeanne's constant talk of Maggy and Raoul leads to Henri demanding that Jeanne invite them to dinner and to stay as overnight guests. Jeanne's car breaks down on the day of the dinner party, and she accepts a lift from a younger man, Bernard (Jean-Marc Bory), and then asks him to drive her home. By the time they get back, Maggy and Raoul have already arrived at the mansion. It transpires that Bernard, an archaeologist, is the son of a friend of Jeanne's husband, and he too is added to the guest list. Jeanne spurns Raoul's advances, claiming it is too dangerous, but she spends time in a small boat on the river with the attentive Bernard. Clandestinely, they spend the night together. In the morning, to the surprise of everyone, Jeanne leaves with Bernard for a new life.

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    American obscenity case

    The film is important in American legal history as it resulted in a court case that questioned the definition of obscenity. A showing of the film in Cleveland Heights, Ohio's Coventry Village resulted in a criminal conviction of the theatre manager for public depiction of obscene material. He appealed his conviction to the United States Supreme Court, which reversed the conviction and ruled that the film was not obscene in its written opinion (Jacobellis v. Ohio). The case resulted in Justice Potter Stewart's famously subjective definition of hard-core pornography: "I know it when I see it." (Stewart did not consider the film to be such.)

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    Full credits (16)

    Assistant directors :

    Alain Cavalier, François Leterrier

    Author of original work :

    Dominique Vivant

    Screenwriters :

    Louis Malle, Louise de Vilmorin

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre-André Bertrand

    Production Manager :

    Irénée Leriche

    Assistant editors :

    Madeleine Bibollet, Kenout Peltier

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Saulnier

    Still Photographer :

    Vincent Rossell

    Dialogue Writer :

    Louise de Vilmorin

    Producer :

    Jean Thuillier

    Director of Photography :

    Henri Decaë

    Camera Operator :

    André Villard

    Editor :

    Léonide Azar

    Continuity supervisor :

    Francine Corteggiani

    Production Designer :

    Bernard Evein

    Location Manager :

    Hubert Mérial

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    Feature film

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    Romantic comedy

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 28 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (5)


    Venice International Film Festival  - 1958

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1958)

    Awards (2)

    Jury Grand Prize

    New Cinema Award : Jeanne Moreau