"Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay/Best Adapted Screenplay"1988 Dangerous Liaisons

/ baftaawards = "BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay/Best Adapted Screenplay"1988 Dangerous Liaisons

/ tonyawards = "Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical/Best Book of a Musical"1995 Sunset Boulevard (musical)/Sunset Boulevard "Tony Award for Best Original Score/Best Original Score"1995 Sunset Boulevard (musical)/Sunset Boulevard


"Christopher James Hampton", CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a Portuguese British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the Atonement (film)/film adaptation of Ian McEwan/Ian McEwan's Atonement (novel)/Atonement.

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The Royal Court more or less gave birth to me. I thought it only right that I should come back to have some Sunday lunch.

A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.

I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think and novelists to see what I could get away with. And, in the end, I distilled everything down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

It's possible to disagree with someone about the ethics of non-violence without wanting to kick his face in.

If I had to give a definition of capitalism I would say: the process whereby American girls turn into American women.

I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.

You know very well that unless you're a scientist, it's much more important for a theory to be shapely, than for it to be true.

I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.

I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.