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Story of Three Loves
     

The Story of Three Loves

Director: Vincente Minnelli, Gottfried Reinhardt

Cast: Anna Maria Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore

 
This anthology film tells three stories of love involving the passengers of an ocean liner at sea. In the first, "The Jealous Lover," James Mason plays Charles Coudray, a well-known ballet director. When someone asks Coudray why he staged his masterpiece, "Astarte," only once, he tells the story of Paula Woodward (Moira Shearer), a superb dancer he found practicing in

Overview

This anthology film tells three stories of love involving the passengers of an ocean liner at sea. In the first, "The Jealous Lover," James Mason plays Charles Coudray, a well-known ballet director. When someone asks Coudray why he staged his masterpiece, "Astarte," only once, he tells the story of Paula Woodward (Moira Shearer), a superb dancer he found practicing in his theater. He was awestruck by her technique and her beauty, but he discovered that she had a secret -- due to a cardiac condition, she has been forbidden to dance too strenuously, as it could tax her heart and eventually kill her. Charles urges Paula to perform for him, so he may use her movements to choreograph his next great work; she agrees, but the exertion proves too much for her and she dies. He arranges for the work she inspired to be performed only once, in hopes that she will somehow see it from on high. In the second segment, "Mademoiselle," Tommy (Ricky Nelson) is a 12-year-old boy travelling with his French governess and tutor (Leslie Caron); she's tired of spending her days watching over a child, and he'd like to get away from Teacher for a while. Mrs. Pennicott (Ethel Barrymore), a older woman who happens to be a witch, hears Tommy wishing he could be a grown-up, and she grants his request: suddenly Tommy is a grown man (played by Farley Granger), but only for the next four hours. The Governess meets the mysterious stranger Tommy has become, and soon they fall in love. In the final segment, "Equilibrium," Kirk Douglas plays Pierre Narval, a high-wire artist who retired from performing after his partner died while performing a trapeze act, an accident Pierre blames on himself. He begins to reconsider his decision when he saves the life of Nina (Pier Angeli), a woman who attempted to drown herself; her husband died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, and she feels she is to blame for his death. Their shared fatalism equals fearlessness in Pierre's eyes, and he teaches Nina the art of the trapeze; however, when he begins to fall in love with her, he's no longer so certain that he wants her to risk her life. "The Jealous Lover" and "Equilibrium" were directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, while "Mademoiselle" was directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Anthology films are always risky, but The Story of Three Loves works a little better than many other such omnibuses. One of the issues with an anthology is ordering; rarely are the individual pieces equally strong, so figuring out the proper order can be complicated. Loves moves from weakest to strongest, which is probably the best way (as long as the initial offering is not so weak as to prompt immediate viewer disinterest). The first segment is a bit clichéd and obvious, but James Mason's dramatic skills and Moira Shearer's beauty and incredible balletic skills overcome this flaw. The middle section benefits from director Vincente Minnelli's eye for color and composition, and it has a whimsical tone to it that is engaging on its own and even moreso after the "downer" tone of the first piece. The "boy to man transformation" motif has certainly been done many times, but it has a definite appeal. And the cast is strong, with Ethel Barrymore especially a delight in a role that she could easily have walked through. The final piece is the best, not because the screenplay itself is the strongest but because so much of it is told through exciting visual shots involving the trapeze act that is the center of the story. These sections are thrilling and dramatically effective and give a real feeling of life to the film. Kirk Douglas is right at home here, and surprisingly so is Anna Maria Pier Angelli. Loves is not a great film, but it's an enjoyable diversion.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
UPC:
0883316175552
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
34,942

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Maria Pier Angeli Nina [Equilibrium]
Ethel Barrymore Mrs. Pennicott [Mademoiselle]
Leslie Caron Mademoiselle
Kirk Douglas Pierre Narval [Equilibrium]
Farley Granger Thomas Campbell [Mademoiselle]
James Mason Charles Coudray
Moira Shearer Paula Woodward
Agnes Moorehead Aunt Lydia
Rick Nelson Tommy: aged 12
Zsa Zsa Gabor Flirt at Bar [Mademoiselle]
Ken Anderson Jacques [Equilibrium]
Peter Brocco Bartender [Mademoiselle]
Argentina Brunetti Saleswoman [Mademoiselle]
Paul Bryar River Policeman [Equilibrium]
Noreen Corcoran Little Girl [Mademoiselle]
Bruce Edwards Actor
Kay English Nurse [Equilibrium]
Steven Geray Legay [Equilibrium]
Jacob Gimpel Pianist
Sam Harris Ad Libs
Robert Horton Young Man on Boat [Mademoiselle]
Anne Howard Actor
Colin Kenny Actor
Rudy Lee Little Boy [Mademoiselle]
John Lupton Studious Young Man
Paul Maxey Bill Cyrus [Equilibrium]
Torben Meyer Man [Equilibrium]
Joan Miller Woman on Bridge [Equilibrium]
Ernesto Morelli Railway Porter [Mademoiselle]
Alberto Morin Mr. Sandes [Mademoiselle]
Leo Mostovoy Stranger in Cafe [Equilibrium]
Ottola Nesmith Usher
Peter Norman Rudolph Kramer [Equilibrium]
Larry Olsen Terry [Mademoiselle]
Manuel Paris Mr. Carlos [Mademoiselle]
John M. Pickard Ship's Officers [Equilibrium]
Tom Quinn American Man in Bar [Mademoiselle]
Jack Raine Doctor
Paula Raymond Mrs. Campbell [Mademoiselle]
Hayden Rorke Mr. Rorke [Mademoiselle]
Miklós Rózsa Conductor
Frank Scannell Master of Ceremonies [Equilibrium]
Reginald Sheffield Production Manager
Elizabeth Slifer Concierge [Equilibrium]
Alice Talton Rose [Equilibrium]
Jack Tesler Bartender [Equilibrium]
Nick Thompson Coachman [Mademoiselle]
Kaaren Verne Madame Legay [Equilibrium]
Frank Wilcox [Equilibrium]
Florence Wix Actor
Ivan Hayes Chorus Boy
Phyllis Graffeo Italian Girl [Mademoiselle]
Ed Agresti Railway Conductor [Mademoiselle]
Victor Desny Italian Air Force Officer [Mademoiselle]
Bertha Feducha Woman Vendor [Equilibrium]

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Gottfried Reinhardt Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Frederick Ashton Choreography
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
John Collier Screenwriter
Sidney Franklin Producer
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
F. Keogh Gleason Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Jack Greenwood Asst. Director
Arthur Krams Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Jan Lustig Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Production Designer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Arnold Phillips Original Story
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Gabriel Scognamillo Art Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ladislao Vajda Original Story
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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