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Justine (1969)

In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley (Michael York, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the British Consular Officer, with Justine (Anouk ... See full summary »

Directors:

George Cukor, Joseph Strick (uncredited)

Writers:

Lawrence Durrell (novel), Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouk Aimée ... Justine
Dirk Bogarde ... Pursewarden
Robert Forster ... Narouz
Anna Karina ... Melissa
Philippe Noiret ... Pombal
Michael York ... Darley
John Vernon ... Nessim
Jack Albertson ... Cohen
Cliff Gorman ... Toto
George Baker ... British Ambassador David Mountolive
Elaine Church Elaine Church ... Liza
Michael Constantine ... Memlik Pasha
Marcel Dalio ... French Consul General
Michael Dunn ... Mnemjian
Barry Morse ... Colonel Maskelyne
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Storyline

In Alexandria, in 1938, Darley (Michael York, a young British schoolmaster and poet, makes friends through Pursewarden (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the British Consular Officer, with Justine (Anouk Aimée), the beautiful and mysterious wife of a Coptic banker. He observes the affairs of her heart and incidentally discovers that she is involved in a plot against the British, meant to arm the Jewish underground in Palestine. The plot finally fails, Justine is sent to jail, and Darley decides to return to England. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Taglines:

Alexandria - Perfumed city of carnal delights moral corruption. Justine - pride of Alexandria

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandria See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joseph L. Mankiewicz was working on the screenplay when he was approached to take over Cleopatra (1963) in 1961. See more »

Quotes

Darley: [last line of film] I won't forgive her, but I won't forget her, either. I don't want to.
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Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Samba Chica
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Music by Herbert W. Spencer
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A muddled mess
14 July 1999 | by strat-8See all my reviews

This is either a very good "bad" movie, or a bad "good" movie. Either way. Cukor's master touch is still visible even though he phoned this one in. Fine cinematography. As with so many films, the actors gave first rate performances but it was not enough. It's a cliche but it's true. The problem is with the story, or more specifically, the screenplay. We see love affairs and parties and characters appearing and disappearing all for no apparent reason. Another failure of trying to squeeze a complex novel into a two hour drama. By the time the secrets are revealed at the end, we really don't care. It is no reward for our having sat through 110 minutes of mish-mash-mush. To pawn this off as a "character study" is a poor excuse for a poor movie.


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