The Night and the Moment

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The Night and the Moment
The Night and the Moment FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anna Maria Tatò
Produced by Boudjemaa Dahmane
Pierre Novat
Written by Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon (novel)
Jean-Claude Carrière
Anna Maria Tatò
Starring Willem Dafoe
Lena Olin
Miranda Richardson
Christine Sireyzol
Carole Richert
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Arthur Pictures
Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica
Société Française de Production (SFP)
Distributed by MKL Distribution (1995, France)
Release date
  • 5 July 1995 (1995-07-05) (France)
  • 17 August 1995 (1995-08-17) (Spain)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Night and the Moment is a 1995 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]


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
Christine Sireyzol Justine
Carole Richert Armande


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

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