Smoking/No Smoking Movie Review 1994

Information and Film Reviews for Smoking/No Smoking the Movie

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Two linked films director Resnais adapted from writer Alan Ayckbourn's eight-play cycle "Intimate Exchanges" (although the screenwriters have only used six stories). Azema and Arditti plays nine characters in various tableaus on marriage and affairs set at a Yorkshire school. The opening sequence of each episode provides the title tie-in, as faculty wife Celia goes onto the terrace, finds a pack of cigarettes, and decides whether or not to light up. A studio set provides all the frankly fake backdrops. Very slight and very long. French with subtitles.

Distribution

Available on VHS
Running time 285 minutes.
Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Marriage, Adapted from a Play
Screenplay
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnes Jaoui
Cast
Sabine Azema, Pierre Arditti
Director
Alain Resnais
Producer
October Films

Awards

Cesar 1994: Actor (Arditti), Art Dir./Set Dec., Director (Resnais), Film, Writing.

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