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The Game Is Over (1966)

La curée (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 June 1966 (France)
In Paris, Maxime visits his wealthy industrialist father Alexandre and his beautiful young Canadian wife, Renée. Alexandre fathered him years ago in a prior marriage and he has come to stay... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Jean Cau (adaptation), Roger Vadim (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Renee / Wife-Maxime's stepmother
Michel Piccoli ... Alexandre / Maxime's father
Peter McEnery ... Maxime / Husband
Tina Aumont ... Anne Sernet (as Tina Marquand)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... M. Sernet
Howard Vernon ... Lawyer
Douglas Read Douglas Read ... Maitre d'Hotel
Luang Ham Chau Luang Ham Chau ... Mr. Chou (as Ham Chau Luong)
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Guest
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Storyline

In Paris, Maxime visits his wealthy industrialist father Alexandre and his beautiful young Canadian wife, Renée. Alexandre fathered him years ago in a prior marriage and he has come to stay with them after studying in England. Renée tells Maxime that she married Alexandre when she was pregnant following an unhappy love affair; the child was stillborn and the passion between the two has faded. They begin an affair and fall in love with each other. Renée, who came from a wealthy family, asks Alexandre for a divorce. He agrees, on the condition that she leaves the fortune she brought to their marriage invested in his business. Renée accepts this and goes to Switzerland for a divorce. But while she is away, Alexandre confronts his son with two alternatives: he can either run off with now penniless Renée or become engaged to Anne, the daughter of a wealthy banker whose support Alexandre needs for his business. Maxime agrees on the second course of action. Renée returns from Switzerland to ... Written by lament

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Taglines:

JANE FONDA and PETER MCENERY storm the screen in ROGER VADIM's new film sensation!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 June 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original English version was released on VHS in 1988. See more »

Alternate Versions

After a scene-by-scene comparison, it's obvious that the VHS version of this film is an entirely different English-language cut from the all-French DVD release. Fonda and McEnery speak their own English and French in the respective versions, while Michele Piccoli is dubbed in the English cut. It's very interesting, because even in the non-dialogue scenes, different takes--and often different actions--were used for each version. (Note: You may also want to reference this in the Language section.) See more »

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Départ De Renée
Written by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Jean Bouchéty
Performed by Jean Bouchéty
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THE GAME IS OVER (Roger Vadim, 1966) ***
23 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

From what little I've watched of Vadim's work, this is his most consistently satisfying effort (though the best overall film would still be his famous horror compendium SPIRITS OF THE DEAD [1968], co-directed with Federico Fellini and Louis Malle).

Based on a novel by Emile Zola (curiously enough, the very next day I watched THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA [1937], a superb Hollywood biopic!), the film deals with a bourgeois family disrupted when the ageing patriarch's second and much younger bride falls for her husband's son from his earlier marriage (who is her peer); while the script isn't especially deep, the film is absorbing all the way. Impeccably shot by Claude Renoir, its garish style is very typical of 60s European Art-house cinema and the sitar-tinged score even gives it a psychedelic vibe!

The three main roles - Jane Fonda (married to Vadim at the time and therefore still in her "sex kitten" days), Peter McEnery (a surprising choice but a good one) and Michel Piccoli (effortlessly hypnotic, he's simply one of the finest - if largely unsung - actors of his generation) - are splendidly filled. The ending is somewhat abrupt and unresolved but, again, it's totally in keeping with the times in which it was made!


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