Adapted for stage and screen several times, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was the basis for this Academy Award-winning Stephen Frears film.
The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont display the petty jealousies and jaded insouciance of life in France's royal court in the 18th century. The Marquise and Vicomte, her rich, aristocratic former lover, devote themselves to the pursuit of sexual liaisons, not necessarily for pleasure but for the power they confer on the one who is loved but does not love. Power is all. A cruel wager is made when the Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges before the girl can be wed. As a counter-challenge Valmont bets the Marquise that he will be able to bed the married Madame de Tourvel.
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman
Running time: 117 mins
Date: Monday 4 February
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema
Ticket information: £6/£4.20/Friends free/UoP students free via SPiA