Dangerous Liaisons

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On the face of it an elegant period drama, Stephen Frears' masterclass in malevolence unfolds as a shocking tale of seduction, betrayal and revenge. Based on Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century book of letters between decadent French aristocrats, Glenn Close and John Malkovich play a pair of deceitful bluebloods who hatch an elaborately spiteful plot to ruin their innocent victims, including a young music teacher (Keanu Reeves), an impressionable ingenue (Uma Thurman) and the virtuous Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer). Its haul of three Oscars included best adapted screenplay for Christopher Hampton.