Manon 70

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Manon 70 (1968).jpg
film poster
Directed by Jean Aurel
Produced by Robert Dorfmann et al
Written by Jean Aurel
Cécil Saint-Laurent
Based on Manon Lescaut
by Abbé Prevost
Starring Catherine Deneuve
Jean-Claude Brialy
Sami Frey
Elsa Martinelli
Robert Webber
Music by Serge Gainsbourg original
Antonio Vivaldi non-original
Cinematography Edmond Richard
Edited by Anne-Marie Cotret
Les Films Corona
Transinter Films (Paris)
Roxy Films (Munich)
Panda Films (Rome)
Distributed by Valoria Films
Release date
  • 21 February 1968 (1968-02-21) (France)
Running time
105 min
Country France
Language French
Box office $3,253,380[1]

Manon 70 is a 1968 French (French-Italian-German co-production) film starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Claude Brialy and Sammy Frey. The screenplay was written by Jean Aurel with Cécil Saint-Laurent and directed by Jean Aurel.

The film is loosely based on Manon Lescaut, an 18th-century French novel by Antoine François Prévost.

The original music of the movie is by Serge Gainsbourg.


Manon (Catherine Deneuve) is an amoral, free spirit who uses sex to surround herself in relatively luxurious surroundings.

Journalist Francois (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.

Francois 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."[2]


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  2. ^ Interviews with Catherine Denueve accessed 15 September 2014

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