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Dangerous Liaisons Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Jim Emerson

A sumptuously mounted and photographed celebration of artful wickedness, betrayal, and sexual intrigue among depraved 18th-century French aristocrats, Dangerous Liaisons (based on Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses) is seductively decadent fun. The villainous heroes are the Marquise De Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte De Valmont (John Malkovich), who have cultivated their mutual cynicism into a highly developed and exquisitely mannered form of (in-)human expression. Former lovers, they now fancy themselves rather like demigods whose mutual desires have evolved beyond the crudeness of sex or emotion. They ritualistically act out their twisted affections by engaging in elaborate conspiracies to destroy the lives of their less calculating acquaintances, daring each other to ever-more-dastardly acts of manipulation and betrayal. Why? Just because they can; it's their perverted way of getting get their kicks in a dead-end, pre-Revolutionary culture. Among their voluptuous and virtuous prey are fair-haired angels played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, who have never looked more ripe for ravishing. When the Vicomte finds himself beset by bewilderingly genuine emotions for one of his victims, the Marquise considers it the ultimate betrayal and plots her heartless revenge. Dangerous Liaisons is a high-mannered revel for the actors, who also include Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, and Keanu Reeves.

Academy Awards

Dangerous Liaisons received Academy Awards for Best Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium (Christopher Hampton), Best Achievement in Art Direction (Stuart Craig - Art Direction, Gerard James - Set Decoration) and Best Achievement in Costume Design (James Acheson). Dangerous Liaisons also received Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture of the Year (Norma Heyman - Producer, Hank Moonjean - Producer), Best Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role (Glenn Close), Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Best Achievement in Music (Original Score; George Fenton).

 

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Director: Stephen Frears

Stars: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: December 21, 1988

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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