Valmont


2h 17m 1989
Valmont

Brief Synopsis

A jealous widow and her former lover make a wager on seducing a newlywed in 18th century France.

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Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Historical
Romance
Release Date
1989
Production Company
Angels the Costumiers; Cinesite Europe, Ltd.; Cts Studios; E Rancati; Jean-Marie Blondel; Laba; Locafete; Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.; Pompei; Roissy Films; Tirelli Costumi
Distribution Company
Orion Pictures; Alternative Films; Amlf; Concorde Films; Curzon Artificial Eye; Orion Home Video; Orion Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Eclair Studios, Epinay, France; Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France; Grandes Ecuries, Chantilly, France; Hotel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, Paris, France; Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France; Bordeaux, France; Opera Comique, Paris, France; Cite Episcopale, Meaux, France; Le Musee de Cheval Vivant, France; Le Chateau de la Motte Tilly, France; Le Chateau de Versailles, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Synopsis

Set in 18th-century France, a young womanizing aristocrat makes a bet with his ex-lover that he can seduce a pure woman.

Crew

Megan B Agosto

Apprentice Editor

Gaelle Allen

Costume Designer (Accessories)

Jean Allou

Lead Carpenter

Pierre Andrieu

Production Assistant

Patrice Arrat

Choreography Assistant

Pascale Bacumler

2nd Additional Assistant Director

Maurice Baltel

Bestboy Grip

Eric Baraillon

Electrician

Brigitte Barbiet

2nd Assistant Camera

Francis Barrois

Production Assistant

Josee Benabent-loiseau

Publicist (France)

Isabelle Benoit

Wardrobe Assistant

Jean-marie Benoit

Electrician

Pascale Beraud

Casting (Extras/France)

Philippe Berenger

2nd Assistant Director

Claude Berri

Producer

Eric Berron

Wardrobe Assistant

Jean-pierre Berroyer

Hairdresser

Jean-marie Blondel

2nd Cable Operator

Harry Peck Bolles

Sound Editor

Patrick Bordier

Production Manager

Georges Branche

Other

Fabienne Bressan

Supervisor

Jean Bretonniere

Other

Geoff Brown

Louma Camera Operator

Jarmila Buzkova

Other

Philippe Cadeau

Bestboy Electrician

Marie-sylvie Caillierez

Casting (Extras/France)

Margot Capelier

Casting (France)

Fabrizio Caracciolo

Wardrobe Coordinator

Claude Carliez

Other

Michel Carliez

Weapons Master Assistant

Jean-claude Carriere

Screenwriter

Maggie Cartier

Casting (London)

Xavier Castano

Production Manager

Marc-antoine Charpentier

Music ("Te Deum")

Ellen Chenoweth

Casting (Los Angeles/New York)

Catherine Chouridis

Assistant Unit Manager

Richard P. Cirincione

Sound Editor

Cecile Colin

Makeup Assistant

Jean Colin

Props (Furniture)

Michelle Cooper

Music Editor Apprentice

Francois Couperin

Music ("Les Oiseaux Elegants" "L'Apotheose De Lulli")

Florence Courtois

Production Accountant Assistant

Jean-louis Coutant

Other

Sylvain Curial

Electrician

Nena Danevic

Editor

Marcel Daudin

Leadman Assistant (Locations)

Jacques Debaye

Generator Operator

Pierre Choderlos Delaclos

Source Material (From Novel)

Philippe Delest

Assistant Unit Manager

Lee Dichter

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Benoit Distel

Wardrobe Assistant

Jean-benoit Doerr

Production Assistant

Roland Dondin

Electrician

Rene Donnewirth

Props

Jean-michel Ducourty

Art Direction Assistant

Christine Duffau

Production Coordinator Assistant

Sylvia Duluc

Production Assistant

Suzanne Durrenberger

Script Supervisor

Katherine Enger

Script Supervisor Assistant

Jean-pierre Eychenne

Makeup

Nathalie Farjon

Production Coordinator

Roland Farjon

Production Assistant

Jean Fellous

Assistant Director Trainee

Chris Fielder

Sound Editor Apprentice

James Flatto

Music Editor Assistant

Carol Fleming

Assistant Editor

Milos Forman

Screenwriter

Bertille Fournier

Other

Pierre Fournier

Production Assistant

Kevin J Foxe

Post-Production Supervisor

Jacques Frederix

Assistant Unit Manager

Jean-paul Gaillot

Chief Construction Grip

Baldassari Galubi

Music ("A Knight Riding Through The Glade" "Love, If You Will Come To Me")

Vincent Gandon

Wardrobe Assistant

Rudy Gaskins

Sound Editor Assistant

Sylvie Gautrelet

Wardrobe Supervisor

Francoise Gavalda

Production Accountant

Patrice Gladel

Production Assistant

Andre-ernest-modeste Gretry

Music ("Richard Coeur De Lion (Overture)")

Jacques Grousset

Caterer

Gerard Guenier

Other

Pierre Guffroy

Production Designer

Anne Gyory

Script Consultant

Anne Gyory

Lyrics ("A Knight Riding Through The Glade" "Love, If You Will Come To Me" "Pity The Fate")

Jean Harnois

Camera Operator

Sophie Harvey

Makeup Assistant

Cyrena Hausman

Casting Assistant (Usa)

Michael Hausman

Producer

Joseph Haydn

Music ("Minuet From Quartet In F Opus 50 Number 5")

Alan Heim

Editor

Isabelle Henry

2nd Additional Assistant Director

Olivier Horlait

1st Assistant Director

Eric Hubert

Assistant Unit Manager

Garth Inns

Special Effects (United Kingdom)

Chuck Irwin

Music Engineer

Roland Jacob

Props Buyer

Kenton Jakub

Sound Editor Assistant

Brigitte James

Sculptor

Manuel Jover

Grip

Bruce Kitzmeyer

Sound Editor

Jaromir Komarek

Stills

Milan Kundera

Script Collaboration

Marcel Laude

Props

Francois Lauliac

1st Assistant Camera

Paul Leblanc

Makeup Designer

Paul Leblanc

Wig Designer

Jean-claude Lebras

Gaffer

Kevin Lee

Sound Editor

Jacques-albert Leguillon

Set Dresser

Isabelle Lelievre

Wardrobe Assistant

Paul Lemarinel

Makeup

Jacques Leroux

Technical Advisor (Writing)

Simone Leroy

Wardrobe Assistant

Dick Lewsey

Music Engineer

Pascal Lombardo

Electrician

Rene Loubet

Construction Manager

Paule Mangenot

Costumes (Women)

Francois Marcepoil

Other

Andre Marchandet

Modelmaker

Philippe Margottin

Props (Furniture)

Neville Marriner

Music Director

Laurent Modiano

Assistant Director Trainee

Lotfi Mokdad

Casting (Extras/France)

Loula Morin

Art Direction

Gérard Moulévrier

Casting (France)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music ("Divertimento For Winds In B")

Francois Nadal

Horse Trainer

Marion Nadal

Horse Trainer

Jerome Navarro

2nd Assistant Director

Chris Newman

Sound Mixer

Hope Newman

Lyrics ("A Knight Riding Through The Glade" "Love, If You Will Come To Me" "Pity The Fate")

Andre Noel

Dog Trainer

Michel Norman

Special Effects (France)

Jan Novak

Script Consultant

Miroslav Ondricek

Director Of Photography

Joseph Ort-snep

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Nathalie Otte

Production Accountant Assistant

Christopher Palmer

Music

Pascale Paume

Wardrobe Assistant

Francois-andre Danican Philidor

Music ("Tom Jones (Overture And Finale)" "Le Sorcier" "Pity The Fate")

Robert Pilat

Other

Theodor Pistek

Costume Designer

Michel Podik

Grip

Delphine Provent

Wardrobe Assistant

Jean-yves Rabier

Art Direction Assistant

Albert Rajau

Art Direction

Jean Philippe Rameau

Music ("Les Songes De Dardanus")

Paul Rassam

Producer

Mark Rathaus

Sound Editor

Henriette Raz-boffety

Wardrobe Assistant

Pamela Reis

Apprentice Editor

Valerie Remise

Production Assistant

Marie-pierre Renaud

Assistant Editor

Roland Riallot

Production Assistant

Georges Robert

Other

Stanislas Robiolle

Production Assistant

Stephane Roux

Production Assistant

Carine Sarfati

Costumes (Women)

Clare Sausey

Production Coordinator Assistant

Isabelle Scala

1st Assistant Camera

Maurice Schell

Sound Editor Supervisor

Eva Schmitz

Assistant (To Milos Forman)

Yves Seigneuret

Props Buyer

Nancy Seltzer

Publicist (Usa)

Janou Shammas

Unit Manager

Ahmad Shirazi

Sound Editor

Martina Skala

Art Direction

Susan Sklar Friedman

Sound Editor Apprentice

Pierre Soubestre

Production Assistant

Jean-claude Souffir

Driver

Stuart Stanley

Music Editor

Catherine Staub

Production Accountant

Gerard Staub

Production Assistant

Michel Strasser

Grip

Rene Strasser

Key Grip

John Strauss

Music Editor Supervisor

John Strauss

Additional Music Scoring

Jacqueline Stuffel

Supervisor

Claude Sune

Set Dresser

David Sutton

Boom Operator

Jean-michel Tavernier

Music Coordinator (France)

Christian Mathew Taylor

Casting Assistant (United Kingdom)

Twyla Tharp

Choreography

Christian Thurot

Generator Operator

Pierre Tremouille

Technical Advisor (Financial)

Barbara Tulliver

Assistant Editor

Pierre Vade

Hairdresser

Marie-france Vassel

Makeup Assistant

Noel Very

Steadicam Operator

Bernadette Villard

Wardrobe Supervisor

Heidi Vogel

Production Associate (Usa)

Susan Wagner

Sound Editor Assistant

Deborah Wallach

Adr Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Historical
Romance
Release Date
1989
Production Company
Angels the Costumiers; Cinesite Europe, Ltd.; Cts Studios; E Rancati; Jean-Marie Blondel; Laba; Locafete; Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.; Pompei; Roissy Films; Tirelli Costumi
Distribution Company
Orion Pictures; Alternative Films; Amlf; Concorde Films; Curzon Artificial Eye; Orion Home Video; Orion Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Eclair Studios, Epinay, France; Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France; Grandes Ecuries, Chantilly, France; Hotel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, Paris, France; Abbaye aux Hommes, Caen, France; Bordeaux, France; Opera Comique, Paris, France; Cite Episcopale, Meaux, France; Le Musee de Cheval Vivant, France; Le Chateau de la Motte Tilly, France; Le Chateau de Versailles, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Award Nominations

Best Costume Design

1989
Theodor Pistek

Articles

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)


American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57.

He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts.

But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children.

by Michael T. Toole
Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

Vincent Schiavelli (1948-2005)

American Actor Vincent Schiavelli, a classic "I know the face but not the name" character player who had prominent roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nightshift and Ghost, died at his Sicily home after a long battle with lung cancer on December 26. He was 57. He was born on November 10, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. After he studied acting at New York University's School of the Arts, he quickly landed a role in Milos Foreman's Taking Off (1971), and his career in the movies seldom dropped a beat. Seriously, to not recognize Schiavelli's presence in a movie or television episode for the last 30 years means you don't watch much of either medium, for his tall, gawky physique (a towering 6'6"), droopy eyes, sagging neck skin, and elongated chin made him a casting director's dream for offbeat and eccentric parts. But it wasn't just a striking presence that fueled his career, Schiavelli could deliver the fine performances. Foreman would use him again as one of the mental ward inmates in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); and he was hilarious as the put-upon science teacher, Mr. Vargas in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982); worked for Foreman again as Salieri's (F. Murray Abraham's) valet in Amadeus (1984); unforgettable as an embittered subway ghost who taunts Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990); downright creepy as the brooding organ grinder in Batman Returns (1992); worked with Foreman one last time in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); and was a dependable eccentric in Death to Smoochy (2002). Television was no stranger to him either. Although he displayed a gift for comedy playing Latka's (Andy Kaufman) confidant priest, "Reverend Gorky" in a recurring role of Taxi, the actor spent much of his time enlivening shows of the other worldly variety such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, The X Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In recent years, Schiavelli curtailed the acting, and concentrated on writing. He recently relocated to the Sicilian village of Polizzi Generosa, where his grandparents were raised. He concentrated on his love of cooking and in 2002, wrote a highly praised memoir of his family's history as well as some cooking recipes of his grandfather's titled Many Beautiful Things. He is survived by two children. by Michael T. Toole

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States November 17, 1989

Released in United States Fall November 17, 1989

Released in United States November 1991

Released in United States on Video July 26, 1990

Shown at London Film Festival November 6-21, 1991.

This version is based on DeLaclos' 1782 book, written in the form of letters, and not on Christopher Hampton's version produced on the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company and filmed under the title "Dangerous Liaisons."

Began shooting August 26, 1988.

Completed shooting January 24, 1989.

Released in United States on Video July 26, 1990

Released in United States November 1991 (Shown at London Film Festival November 6-21, 1991.)

Limited Release in United States November 17, 1989

Released in United States Fall November 17, 1989