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1,991 Ratings

That Most Important Thing: Love

L'important c'est d'aimer

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
France, Italy, 1975
Drama, Cult


When an unhappy softcore actress (a would-be star who has only found work in cheap exploitation movies) becomes the obsession of a paparazzo, he proceeds to borrow money from his underworld employer to launch an experimental stage production for her—but it also stars a demented German actor.

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That Most Important Thing: Love Directed by Andrzej Żuławski

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1976 | Winner: Best Actress

1976 | 2 nominations including: Best Production Design



It’s unlike any film Żuławski ever made, and was certainly a departure in his visual sensibility relative to the feature films he had made previously in his native Poland: The Third Part of the Night (1971) and The Devil (1972). Narratively and visually, the film is at once an oddity and a turning point in Żuławski’s oeuvre, and in viewing it, it would benefit the viewer to understand the director’s experience with the French cinematic tradition and its effect on his own cinema.
November 22, 2017
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As with any Żuławski film, the relative straightforwardness of its synopsis is misleading; dizzying camera movements, caricatural aesthetics, and a melodramatic score by Georges Delerue transform a banal story, that of tortured artists and an all-consuming love triangle, with near operatic excess… Żuławski’s mélange of cinematic indulgences ultimately yields something substratal in its guilelessness, a testament to his madcap auteurism.
September 22, 2017
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The searing, sometimes confounding film ideally showcases the heartbreaking talents of Schneider, who deservedly won her first César award for her work here.
July 13, 2017
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