Valmont | 1989
One of those odd coincidences that sees two versions of the same story being filmed simultaneously. This adaptation of Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses went into production before, and wrapped after, Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons, but ultimately disappeared in its wake, despite having twice the budget.
It was made on locations in Paris, Caen and Bordeaux.
Interiors were shot in the Musée Nissim de Camondo, 63 rue de Monceau, a mansion on the edge of Parc Monceau in Paris and the Hotel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, 47 rue Vieille-du-Temple in the Marais district of Paris – where Beaumarchais wrote The Marriage of Figaro. Despite its name, this splendid mansion has never been the Dutch embassy and, sadly, it’s not open to the public.
Filming also took place at Chateau de Versailles, and the Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen, built in 1064 for William, Duke of Normandy. The abbey is currently used as Caen’s town hall; Meaux, an old town about 35 miles east of Paris on the River Marne, and in Bordeaux.