That Most Important Thing: Love (L’important C’est D’aimer)

1975, France/Italy/West Germany, 109m, DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened July 14–August 17, 2017

Five years before Possession, Polish emigré, Andrzej Żuławski crafted this equally intense and dazzling study of amour fou. Romy Schneider (in a César-winning turn) stars as an aging Parisian actress (slumming in seedy B-films) who falls in love with photographer, Fabio Testi, and phases out cinéphile beau, Jacques Dutronc, in the process. Featuring Klaus Kinski as a cracked actor and music by Georges Delerue (echoing his score for Contempt), Żuławski’s lost masterpiece, a cult favorite on the Z Channel, finally comes to U.S. theaters in its original French-language version. 

In French with English subtitles.

A Rialto Pictures release.

A film by Andrzej Żuławski

Arguably [Żuławski’s] greatest film. It is certainly his most deeply affecting.”

Sight & Sound