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Paris by Night (1988)





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British playwright David Hare both wrote and directed the complicated political melodrama Paris By Night. Charlotte Rampling plays a Tory member of the European parliament, who lets absolutely nothing get in way of her ambitions. At present, Rampling is convinced that she is being blackmailed by her ex-business partner Andrew Ray. Upon accidentally meeting Ray, Rampling impulsively murders the man. In a deliciously ironic turn of events, she is approached by Ray's daughter Sinead Cusack, who hopes that Rampling will help her locate her missing dad. Rampling eventually finds out Ray had been innocent all along-but a greater shock awaits her at home, at the hands of her long-neglected husband Michael Gambon. Paris By Night contains far too many cute coincidences to be credible, but this fact doesn't immediately sink in as the audience revels in the film's superlative performances and David Hare's adroit manipulation of people, places and events.


Charlotte Rampling
as Clara Paige
Michael Gambon
as Gerald Paige
Jane Asher
as Pauline
Iain Glen
as Wallace Sharp
Robert Hardy
as Adam Gillvray
Andrew Ray
as Michael Swanton
Niamh Cusack
as Jenny Swanton
Linda Bassett
as Janet Swanton
Robert Flemyng
as Jack Sidmouth
Jonathan White
as Simon Paige
Melissa Stribling
as Lady Boeing
Brian Cobby
as Foreign Secretary
Christopher Baines
as Young Organiser
Annabel Brooks
as Girl at Gillvray's Office
Edward Clayton
as Birmingham Chairman
Bradley Cole
as Young Man
Julian Firth
as Lawrence
Alain Fromager
as Paul inyafski
Reg Gadney
as British Diplomat
Francois Greze
as Young Hotel Clerk
Czeslaw Grocholski
as Foreign Lecturer
Louba Guertchikoff
as Mme. Zinyafski
Rebecca Journo
as Little Girl
Rashid Karapiet
as Sikh Leader
Geoffrey Larder
as Birmingham Assistant
Robert David MacDonald
as Sir Arthur Sanderson
Michael Motu
as Gendarme
Ivan Nabakov
as America
Patrick Perez
as Hector Zinyafski
Bernard Ristroph
as Hotel Night Clerk
Peter Whitbread
as English Lecturer
Geoffrey Wilkinson
as Porter at Club
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Charlotte Rampling gives a stylish, strikingly uncaricatured performance, which becomes truly remarkable when, at the end, she manages to stoke our sympathy for this coolly amoral murderess.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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