Justine

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Released 1969

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Director:
George Cukor
Released:
1969
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Egypt, 1938. Darley (Michael York), a British teacher in Alexandria, meets the intriguing Justine (Anouk Aimee), the wife of a wealthy Egyptian banker, Nessim (John Vernon), who tolerates her many extra-marital affairs. Her sensual adventures hide a deeper secret -- her covert involvement in the illegal shipment of munitions to Palestinian Jews. Once her conspiracy is discovered, the lines between the personal and the political begin to disappear. Based on parts of Lawrence Durrell's famous tetralogy, "The Alexandria Quartet", this 1969 film explores the themes of modern love, national loyalty and human nature. An international cast, also including Dirk Bogarde and Philippe Noiret, exotic locales and the deft direction of Hollywood legend George Cukor make for a combination of thought-provoking drama, exotic intrigue, and sexual politics.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This film began shooting in Tunisia with Joseph Strick directing. However, he was fired after a short time (Anna Karina had complained that he had fallen asleep during a take she was acting in, and there were several other complaints against him, too) and the veteran George Cukor took over, with the film now mostly being made on studio sets in Hollywood. It ended up as one of the most expensive Twentieth Century Fox films of its year, and was a major money-loser.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • One early draft of the screenplay was written by the well-known critic, Andrew Sarris. This is believed to be his only attempt at a screenplay.

    • The idea of making one film out of the four novels in Lawrence Durrell's "Alexandria Quartet" had been circulating in Hollywood for about ten years before this film was actually made. For several years, Joseph L. Mankiewicz was attached to the project as writer-director.

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Classics