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Film Review: Dangerous Liaisons (Dangerous Liaisons: Warner Bros.; A Lorimar Film Entertainment; Based on the play by Christopher Hampton; Adopted from the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos; Screenplay by Christopher Hampton; Produced by Norma Heyman and Hank Moon-jean; Directed by Stephen Frears. Glenn Close (Marquise de Merteuil) John Malkovich (Vicomte de Valmont) Michelle Pfeiffer (Presidente de Tourvel) In the two hundred odd years since the young officer from Amiens, Pierre Ambroise Franc;;ois Choderlos de Laclos, gave us Les Liaisons dangereuses, the work has never ceased to exert upon the reader a perennial and diabolical influence. It has always enjoyed a succes de scandale, nowhere more markedly than in the prim world of nineteenth-century England. And now we meet the 1782 classic transferred to the screen by Step hen Frears. The result is proving to be something of a cinematic feast. For the modem movie-goer who would not so much as be caught dead reading an eighteenth- century novel - epistolary at that - it will turn out to be a mixture of classical French elegance cheek-by-jowl with a measure of moral cynicism that seems quite at home in our day. The original novelistic form of Dangerous Liaisons, as producers Norma Heyman and Hank Moonjean have chosen to entitle their film, does not come to us directly from Laclos. It has been detoured through the transforming pen of Christopher Hampton, who also supplied the screenplay, having first adapted the masterpiece to the stage.

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