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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 26 March 1953 (USA)
An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.

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John Collier (segment), George Froeschel (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pier Angeli ... Nina Burkhardt (segment "Equilibrium")
Ethel Barrymore ... Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
Leslie Caron ... Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
Kirk Douglas ... Pierre Narval (segment "Equilibrium")
Farley Granger ... Thomas Clayton Campbell Jr. (segment "Mademoiselle")
James Mason ... Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Moira Shearer ... Paula Woodward (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Agnes Moorehead ... Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Ricky Nelson ... Tommy: aged 11 (segment "Mademoiselle")
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Flirt at Bar (segment "Mademoiselle")
Richard Anderson ... Marcel (segment "Equilibrium")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Argentina Brunetti ... Saleswoman (segment "Mademoiselle") (scenes deleted)
John Pickard ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
Frank Wilcox ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three loosely connected love stories. The first story: Paula is a talented dancer who cannot truly live unless she dances. But has a heart condition, which means she cannot live if she does. The second story: Tommy despises his French tutor, and hates being a child. He wants to be an adult so he can do what he wants. He gets his wish, being transformed into a handsome young man for one evening, and learns about whole new side of his French tutor. Third story: Pierre Narval is trapeze artist who gave it up when his partner died doing a dangerous stunt at his bidding. He rescues Nina, a beautiful young woman, after she throws herself into the Seine, and convinces her to become his new aerial partner. Her husband had been killed by the Nazis during the war, and she blames herself. They fall in love, which is tested when Nina must perform the stunt which killed Pierre's former partner. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Dangerous Love. Jealous Love. Forbidden Love.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Three Loves See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM gave composer Miklós Rózsa only a week's notice to come up with a ballet for Moira Shearer. The composer said the assignment was beyond his range under the circumstances and was asked to provide an alternate piece. He selected Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini." See more »

Quotes

Pierre Narval: I want you to be my partner.
Nina Burkhardt: Me? But I've never... How do you know I could learn?
Pierre Narval: I don't know. I have a hunch. You jumped on skis, and you jumped into the Seine.
Nina Burkhardt: [She smiles] And you offer me a better way to die?
Pierre Narval: No, a better way to live.
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Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas
("Over the Waves") (uncredited)
Originally composed by Juventino Rosas (1888) (as Juventino P. Rosas )
Adapted as "The Loveliest Night of the Year" in 1950 by Irving Aaronson
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Instrumental version heard under trapeze sequences
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High Romance
21 July 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

The first of three stories, "Jealous Lover," offers sheer bliss as the great ballerina, Moria Sherer, dances to Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini."

One is reminded of the exquisite beauty of Sherer, who thrilled audiences for many years at the Sadler's Wells. What a treat for moviegoers when she graced the screen, which was all too rare.

Of all the prima ballerinas of the 20th century, Sherer stood out. Her light came from within, and her graceful executions became a spiritual experience.

James Mason is perfectly cast as Charles Coutray, and their scenes together are richly romantic, under Gotfried Reinhardt's sensitive direction.

Vincent Minnelli lovingly guided the remaining two episodes, whose writings were unevenly crafted, yet ardently realized by as fine a cast as MGM could offer.

Miklos Rozsa's original score was vibrant and knowing, melodiously underscoring the action. "The Story of Three Loves," remains a good piece of work, unusually artistic coming from a major studio.


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