The Night and the Moment

The Night and the Moment is a 1994 British-French-Italian erotic drama film co-written and directed by Anna Maria Tatò and starring Willem Dafoe, Lena Olin and Miranda Richardson. It was screened out of competition at the 51st Venice International Film Festival.[1]

The Night and the Moment
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnna Maria Tatò
Produced byBoudjemaa Dahmane
Pierre Novat
Screenplay byJean-Claude Carrière
Anna Maria Tatò
Based onLa Nuit et le Moment
by Crebillon Fils
StarringWillem Dafoe
Lena Olin
Miranda Richardson
Jean-Claude Carrière
Carole Richert
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Arthur Pictures
SFP Cinema
Cecchi Gori Group Tiger
Distributed by
Release date
  • 4 September 1994 (1994-09-04) (Venice)
  • 9 June 1995 (1995-06-09) (Italy)
Running time
86 minutes
United Kingdom


A writer (Dafoe) is invited to the house of a noblewoman (Olin) who adores free-thinkers. He attempts to seduce her but she insists that he tell her of his past love exploits. While doing so, he takes her through his time in prison where he was unknowingly incarcerated in the cell beside hers.


Actor Role
Willem Dafoe The Writer
Lena Olin The Marquise
Miranda Richardson Julie
Jean-Claude Carrière The Governor
Christine Sireyzol Justine
Carole Richert Armande


  1. ^ Edoardo Pittalis, Roberto Pugliese, Bella di Notte, August 1996.

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