Released just a year after Stephen Frears’ adaptation, Miloš Forman’s rendition of Les liaisons dangereuses features Colin Firth and Annette Bening as conniving aristocrats playing with the emotions of two young women (Fairuza Balk, Meg Tilly).
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I'm comparing this movie to DL and LLD. This movie was open, whereas DL was claustrophobic. DL wins. Colin Firth was charming, while John Malkovich was venomous. I actually preferred Gerard Philipe. Glenn Close was bold, which I preferred over Annette Bening. Still, Jeanne Moreau wins. Fairuza Balk seemed way too young and innocent, while Uma Thurman seemed more willing. Annette Stroyberg wins. Continued.
Less energetic and lush than the one directed by Stephen Frears, even with a younger and fresher, cast. Forman bets for a subtler approach and decides to concentrate solely on the tribulations of the character that names the film, finishing it before other characters' fate come to full circle. In my view, a controversial decision that gives the upper hand to Frears' previously released take on the same story.
While I agree with my MUBI friends that this film isn't stellar, I prefer the casting of Firth/Bening over Malkovich/Close in "Dangerous Liaisons" which came out around the same time (not that there was anything bad about the performances in Frears' film).