L’IMPORTANTE E’ AMARE L’importance c’est d’aimer

1975 – 35mm – color – 109′


Direction: Andrzej Zulawski

Screenplay: Claudio Fragasso, Christopher Franck, Géza von Radványi, Andrzej Zulawski

Soggetto:Christopher Franck

Cinematography:Ricardo Aronovich

Editing: Christiane Lack, Geneviève Louveau, M.C. Von Dorp

Set design:Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko

Music:Georges Delerue

Costumes: Catherine Leterrier

Cast: Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi, Klaus Kinski, Jacques Dutronc, Gabrielle Doulcet, Claude Dauphin, Roger Blin, Guy Mairesse, Katia Tchenko, Michel Robin

Producers: Albina du Boisrouvray, Léo L. Fuchs

Production: Rizzoli Film, Albina, Tit Film (Monaco)



Nadine Chevalier, an actress fallen into oblivion, who now has to work in porn b-movies, is approached by Servais Mons, a reporter chasing after commercial photos. After falling in love with the woman, the reporter doesn’t hesitate to get into debt with a nasty loan shark so as to get enough money to convince the extravagant Messala to cast her in the performance of Richard III, that the director is putting on stage with the homosexual actor Karl Zimmer. Things escalate when Nadine and her husband, Jacques, find out about Mons’s love interest and how he got in trouble with the loan shark to get her the part.



The Most Important Thing: Love seems to anticipate Zulawski’s whole production of the Eighties. A kind of spiritual preparation, with clues, forms, angles and expressions that we will find in all of his next films. (…) The Polish director would never again be so chaste, so distant from that storytelling revolving around countless shots of panting bodies, which then became his hallmark. (…) In the film, sex is only present on the set of the porn movies. A faked, fictitious sexuality. Sex is not and cannot be liberating.” (Francesco Ruggeri, Occhi in trance, Edizioni Medusa Film)


1975 Taormina FF: Romy Schneider Best Actress

1976 César: Romy Schneider Best Actress