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That Most Important Thing: Love

Andrzej Żuławski
L’important c’est d’aimer
France, Italy, West Germany 1975 / 109’
The Devil Possession

That Most Important Thing: Love - it seems hard to find a more declarative romantic title. In Andrzej Żuławski's film love is something that allows people to keep their humanity by sanctifying their daily vile existence. The plot of this peculiar melodrama plays out among fallen artists, pornographers and abnegates, people who have not yet fallen to the very bottom, but operate in its very close vicinity. The main character is a photographer who falls in love with a b-movie actress and decides to help advance her career. His mission is essentially quixotic, an irrational and beautiful act. The potentially sentimental story is dressed in a predatory and ecstatic form, which is a distinguishing feature of Żuławski's cinema. The shots explode with red hues, the camera is animated and ubiquitous, and the actors repeatedly charge, uninhibited by fear or shame.

Piotr Mirski


Taormina IFF 1975 – Best Actress; César Awards 1976 – Best Actress

Andrzej Żuławski

Żuławski was born in 1940 and passed away in 2016. He was one of the most original and controversial artists in the history of Polish cinema. Żuławski studied Directing at IDHEC in Paris and gained professional experience as assistant to Andrzej Wajda. He debuted with The Third Part of the Night followed by a turbulent career in which he struggled with communist censorship, alternating between moving away and returning to Poland. Ultimately, most of his films were produced abroad and the best-known works include That Most Important Thing: Love, Possession and On the Silver Globe.

Selected filmography

1971 Trzecia część nocy / The Third Part of the Night

1972 Diabeł / The Devil

1975 Najważniejsze to kochać / L’important c’est d’aimer / That Most Important Thing: Love

1981 Opętanie / Possession

1987 Na srebrnym globie / On the Silver Globe

2015 Kosmos / Cosmos

Cast & Crew

director Andrzej Żuławski
screenplay Andrzej Żuławski, Christopher Frank
cinematography Ricardo Aronovich
editing Christiane Lack
music Georges Delerue
cast Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi, Jacques Dutronc, Claude Dauphin, Klaus Kinski
producer Albina du Boisrouvray
production Albina Productions S.a.r.l,. Rizzoli Film, TIT Filmproduktion GmbH
language French
colouration colour