Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 1782 novel Les liaisons dangereuses inspired Christopher Hampton’s 1985 play, which in turn became the basis for Stephen Frears’s American movie adaptation. Dazzlingly staged and costumed, the film’s dark games of intrigue and mischief during the ancien régime revolve around the Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) obsessively manipulating the lives of others.
(Stephen Frears, 1988, 119 minutes)
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