In 1432, while François Villon is still an infant, his father dies as a martyr to his devotion to France. François grows up to be a renowned poet, an ardent patriot, and a notorious carouser who is not above criminal acts. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy, for which King Louis XI, who is afraid of Charles, banishes Villon from Paris. In exile outside the city walls, François looks for ways to protect France from Burgundy's plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king's ward Charlotte, Villon successfully disrupts the engagement, but for so doing is sentenced to death. But Villon finds a way to exploit Louis's superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while at the same time seeking the hand of Charlotte. Written by
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This film was considered lost for many years until a copy, with the original tinting, was found in the late 1960s in the personal archive of Mary Pickford. See more
When Francois Villon is stripped and whipped in the dungeon the lacerations on his torso move between shots. See more
Happy is Paris, where fools reign once a year - while everywhere else the fools reign all the time!
Version of If I Were King