Live for Life


2h 10m 1967

Brief Synopsis

Robert Colomb (Yves Montand), a famous TV newscaster, is married to Catherine (Annie Girardot), but is continually unfaithful. He is about to replace his current mistress, Mireille (Irene Tunc), with Jacqueline (Anouk Ferjak)when he meets, and becomes fascinated with Candice (Candice Bergen.) He takes her along on an assignment in Kenya and later establishes an "arrangement" with her in Amsterdam. When he tells Catherine about the affair, she is silent. He is assigned to Viet Nam, tells Candice their affair is over and, to his astonishment, discovers that is more than acceptable to her as she as tired of him. Returning from a Vietnamese prison he decides to return also to Catherine, but discovers she has made a new life for herself. He ponders whether he should break into her life again, rekindle their old love or just disappear from her life. While he is pondering, Catherine---a big hand for the little lady---makes the decision for this selfish and conceited ass. Note: The ad billing instructions on this film in English language countries was that the name of Candice Bergen must appear in second position behind Yves Montand, but in third position, behind Annie Girardot, in other countries.

Film Details

Also Known As
Vivere per vivere, Vivre pour vivre
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1967
Production Company
Ariane; Les Productions Artistes Associés; Vides
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
France
Location
France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Because his marriage has become stagnant, Robert Colomb, a successful Parisian television news reporter, welcomes out-of-town assignments and the distraction of casual love affairs. Following a chance meeting with Candice, a 22-year-old American model, he accepts an assignment in Kenya and persuades Candice to accompany him. In Africa he films wild animals and a documentary on the training of French mercenaries. Upon his return to Paris a few weeks later, he feels conscience-bound to take his wife, Catherine, on a second honeymoon to Amsterdam. Candice follows them, and Robert, unable to resist the temptation to be with her, pretends to Catherine that he must return to Paris for 2 days because of censorship problems with his African film. In fact, he spends the time at a nearby hotel with Candice. Later, as he and Catherine are on their way home by train, he impulsively confesses his love for Candice, and Catherine gets off the train at Brussels without saying a word. Now free to do as he chooses, Robert takes an apartment in Paris with Candice. But he can neither forget Catherine nor find fulfillment with Candice, and he accepts a dangerous assignment in Vietnam. He is taken prisoner by the Vietcong but ultimately permitted to return to France. By now Candice is back in New York attempting to resume her former life, and Catherine has become a self-sufficient careerwoman. Robert follows her to the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez, where she is vacationing with her new friends, but she discourages his hopes for a reconciliation. As he prepares to leave, however, he finds Catherine waiting for him in his car.

Film Details

Also Known As
Vivere per vivere, Vivre pour vivre
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Dec 1967
Production Company
Ariane; Les Productions Artistes Associés; Vides
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
France
Location
France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

1967

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in September 1967 as Vivre pour vivre; Italian title: Vivere per vivere. Sources conflict in crediting the role of actress Uta Taeger.

Miscellaneous Notes

1967 Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

1967 Golden Globe Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Released in France September 1967

Released in United States December 18, 1967

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1967

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dialogue French

subtitled

Released in France September 1967

Released in United States December 18, 1967 (New York City)

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1967