The Decline of the American Empire
|The Decline of the American Empire|
French-language film poster
|Directed by||Denys Arcand|
|Written by||Denys Arcand|
|Release date(s)||June 19, 1986 (Quebec)
November 14, 1986 (USA)
|Running time||101 min.|
The Decline of the American Empire (French Le Déclin de l'empire américain) is a 1986 Canadian comedy/drama film directed by Denys Arcand. It was followed by two sequels, The Barbarian Invasions in 2003 and Days of Darkness in 2007.
Eight intellectual friends - four men and four women from the Department of History at the Université de Montréal - prepare to have dinner together. The ensuing conversations range from their professional lives to politics, but primarily concern their sexual exploits. The group has plans to gather at a secluded house for dinner. While the four men prepare the food and reflect on their promiscuity, the four women discuss their own affairs at a nearby gym. At the dinner table, conflicts soon arise when Dominique reveals that she herself has had affairs with two of the men there, one of whom is married to Louise (also present).
The film won 9 Genie Awards in 1987, including Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and the Golden Reel Award. It also received the International Critic's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2004, the film was honoured as a MasterWork by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada. The Toronto International Film Festival ranked it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time twice, in 1993 and 2004.
The film was nominated for the 1986 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- The Decline of the American Empire at the Internet Movie Database
- AVTrust.ca - The Decline of the American Empire, MasterWorks (2004) (video clip)
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