About 20 years ago, the late rapper, the Notorious B.I.G released a song titled “Mo Money Mo Problems”.
If having too much money is a problem, then the lead characters in Les Liaisons Dangereuses are in real trouble.
Over a period of about one year, Hollywood released two different adaptations with two different casts. Both were based on the original novel.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
The Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Glenn Close) is a widowed aristocrat. She and the Vicomte Sebastien de Valmont (John Malkovich) are playing a dangerous game.
Valmont gets off on seducing women. The Marquise makes him a bet. If Valmont can seduce the teenaged Cecile de Volanges (Uma Thurman), she will invite him to her bed. While Cecile’s seduction is easy, the challenge is Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), a married woman whose husband is away at court.
Stepping into the same roles a year later was Annette Bening as the Marquise, Colin Firth as Valmont, Meg Tilly as Madame de Tourvel and Fairuza Balk as Cecile.
In this case, I like both movies. I like them both because they prove that when someone has too much money, power and time on their hands, trouble is bound to happen.
I recommend them both.