I think I like Frears version better. Don't ask me why, because I did not enjoy any of the movies so much that I would bother to see them again and compared them. It was a long time ago. Before I knew what cinema was. And now, I just know that I don't know.
It wasn't so easy to give life to characters who were described by Choderlos de Laclos only in letters. Hence, the importance of the casting which, with the exception perhaps of Keanu Reeves, is gorgeous. A film I watch and re-watch every five years or so. Masterpiece.
All heaving cleavages and spat invective, this is a deliciously realised baroque romp with a steel-eyed performance from Close, relishing the twists and turns of this well-healed comedy of cruel manners.
Yet another of those stupid double releases on the same story. The productions of 'Dangerous Liaisons' and 'Valmont' were so close that several of the actors were offered parts in both movies. The biggest problem with this one was Keanu Reeves. When I saw it in the theater people laughed when he made his entrance and talked like a surfer dude.
Call me crazy but I prefer Valmont over Dangerous Liaisons. There are parts I prefer in D.L,, like the ending, over Valmont, but I enjoyed the Valmont cast more. Especially Fairuza Balk and Henry Thomas. That relationship was largely ignored in D.L. which is a major fault with it.
Rosenbaum and Ebert said interesting things about this film. Top critics rating is 6.5/10 or 83% on Rotten Tomatoes web site. Hmm.