Monday, November 30, 2015

By the Gods!

The doomed lovers : The Duke of Nemours (Jean-François Poron) and the Princess of Cleves (Marina Vlady) dance in PRINCESS OF CLEVES

This film is amazing. Not a swashbuckler (there's no action in it) but a romance in the purest sense of the word. Everything about it is great. The cast, costumes, music, sets, etc. Directed by Jean Delannoy, who also directed THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn, has created a perfect jewel with this adaptation by none other than Jean Cocteau of an old book (same title) by Madame de La Fayette. Cocteau directed BEAUTY & THE BEAST with Jean Marais, who also stars in this film as the Prince of Cleves. When this film was first released, critics trashed it. How little they knew.

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