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Laughter in the Dark (1969)

X | | Drama | 28 August 1969 (UK)
A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Edward Bond, Vladimir Nabokov (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicol Williamson ... Sir Edward More
Anna Karina ... Margot
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Herve Tourace
Peter Bowles ... Paul
Siân Phillips ... Lady Pamela More
Sebastian Breaks Sebastian Breaks ... Brian
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Amelia More
Edward Gardner Edward Gardner ... Driver
Sheila Burrell ... Miss Porly
Willoughby Goddard ... Colonel
Basil Dignam ... Dealer
Philippa Urquhart Philippa Urquhart ... Philippa
Helen Booth Helen Booth ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Burton ... Sir Edward More (scenes deleted)
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A married middle-aged art critic and 16-year-old Margot begin an affair and develop a troublesome mutually parasitic relationship.

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Infiel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The movie began filming with Richard Burton in the lead. Director Tony Richardson and Burton had had a huge success with Look Back in Anger (1959), and this was to be their first movie together since. This was at the height of his fame, (he and Liz Taylor were probably the most photographed couple in the world) but he was constantly late on set. A furious Richardson who in the meantime had won an Oscar for Tom Jones (1963), confronted him over this and his poor attitude. A huge row ensued and Richardson fired Burton, and stormed off. It was only then that he remembered that he was on the Taylor- Burton's luxury yacht on the Thames. A humbled Richardson was forced to go back in and ask for someone to row him back ashore. See more »

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Sick
20 October 2018 | by chaswe-28402See all my reviews

The appeal of this film is not its plausibility. Its psychology is interesting, but not appealing. I read the book long ago, and I must have originally seen the film circa 1970. Watching it last night, in a just about bearable format, was not an agreeable experience, and my tastes must have changed. I'm not surprised it apparently got binned, and is now so difficult to find. An unusually nasty sort of forerunner to Lolita, but considerably less convincing. Still, it somehow needs to be seen. In spite of its irrationality the performances are compelling. The direction is a little loose and poorly paced; it could have been tightened up. A privileged man at the self-destructive mercy of his libido. I'll read the book again.


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