Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Two French members of nobility spend their time manipulating the loves of others.
Publisher: United States : Warner Home Video, 2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780780689237
0780689232
Branch Call Number: DAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 15, 2017

Acres of silk, a top-notch cast, and glimpses of nudity couldn't even begin to disguise the plain fact that Dangerous Liaisons (from 1988) was nothing but a fuggin' tedious bore. There was absolutely no question about it.

Here's a brief list of some of the more fitting adjectives that I think best describes the ugly, distastefulness of Dangerous Liaisons' story, in a nutshell - Vicious, Humiliating, Misogynistic, Malicious, Treacherous, Hateful, Scandalous, Cynical, Sadistic.

Set in 18th Century France - Dangerous Liaisons' story concerned the utterly horrid, backstabbing antics of rich and bored aristocrats. (Like, didn't these frickin' wealthy bastards have anything better to do?)

In this slimy, little "real-life" game of villainous betrayal - Glenn Close played a detestable, butch-dyke Marquise and her despicable, little, two-faced conspirator-friend was played by the effeminate, mealy-mouthed John Malkovich (who was very badly miscast for his part).

As an added disappointment - Keanu Reeves' performance as an oafish, little rich-boy was so wooden, in fact, that it made that little puppet-boy named Pinocchio look as if he were really all flesh and blood.

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Basileus
Jun 09, 2011

This is my favourite movie of all time. Two bored aristocrats in pre-revolutionary France enjoy toying with other peoples emotions, to sometimes tragic results. Sumptuous sets and costumes, and brilliant acting. Particularly notable is Glenn Close as the amoral Marquise.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Well scripted, and well acted, this movie is a must see!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Marquise de Merteuil: Like most intellectuals, he's intensely stupid.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Vicomte de Valmont: I ended by falling on my knees and pledging her eternal love. And do you know that, at that time, and for several hours afterwards, I actually meant it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Vicomte de Valmont: You see, I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself. I want the excitement of watching her betray everything that's is most important to her. Surely you understand that. I thought betrayal was your favorite word.
Marquise de Merteuil: No, no..."cruelty." I always think that has a nobler ring to it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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