Manon 70 is a 1968 French (French-Italian-West German co-production) drama film directed by Jean Aurel and starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Claude Brialy and Sammy Frey. It was written by Aurel with Cécil Saint-Laurent. The story is loosely based on Manon Lescaut, an 18th-century French novel by Antoine François Prévost. The original music was composed by Serge Gainsbourg.
|Directed by||Jean Aurel|
|Screenplay by||Jean Aurel|
|Based on||Manon Lescaut|
by Abbe Prevost
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann|
|Edited by||Anne-Marie Cotret|
|Music by||Serge Gainsbourg original|
Antonio Vivaldi non-original
|Distributed by||Valoria Films|
Manon (Catherine Deneuve) is an amoral, free spirit who uses sex to surround herself in relatively luxurious surroundings. Journalist François (Sami Frey) sees her at the airport and falls in love with her. Once they land in Paris, he makes his move and steals her from the man she's been traveling with. François and Manon fall in love but Manon's brother (Jean-Claude Brialy), wants to live off his sister and causes trouble. Manon tries seeing a wealthy man (Robert Webber) at the same time as Francois.
Deneuve later said she wanted to work with Jean Aurel because she like his film In Love. Of Manon 70 she said "the story was great but the film just missed.... it's probably because the director was not at his best."