Les Amants Terribles (1936)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Though its title translates literally as The Terrible Lovers, this French romantic comedy is actual an adaptation of Noel Coward's urbane and witty Private Lives (previously filmed by MGM in 1931). Gaby Morlay and Andre Luget star as sophisticated married couple Annette and Daniel, who remain in love despite their acrimonious relationship and eventual divorce. On the rebound, Annette marries stuffy Henri (Victor Lambert), while Daniel weds scatterbrained Lucie (Marie Glory). As luck would have it, Annette and Daniel end up in adjoining hotel suites while on their respective honeymoons. It is inevitable that the two will reunite, but getting there is half the fun. One would love to hear the French translations of such Coward bon mots as "You're looking lovely in this damned moonlight" and "Some women should be struck regularly, like gongs."