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5 April 1961 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Francis Blanche ... Le prieur

Bernard Blier ... Sully

Pierre Brasseur ... Le connétable de Montmorency
Francis Claude ... Henri IV
Nicole Courcel ... Jacqueline de Bueil

Danielle Darrieux ... Henriette d'Entragues
Danièle Gaubert ... Charlotte de Montmorency
Roger Hanin ... Ravaillac

Melina Mercouri ... Marie de Médicis
Armand Mestral ... Bassompierre

Simone Renant ... Charlotte de Trémoille

Vittorio De Sica ... L'ambassadeur d'Espagne (as Vittorio de Sica)

Jean Sorel ... Le prince de Condé

Julien Carette ... Epernon
Jean Danet ... Concino Concini
Lise Delamare ... Mme de Montglat
Jean Tissier ... Le médecin espagnol
José Luis de Vilallonga ... L'envoyé d'Espagne
Annick Allières ... Philippote (as Annick Allieres)
Robert Dalban ... L'officier de la garde
Guy Delorme
Frédéric Dorfmann
Martine Havet ... Duc de Vendôme
Marie Mergey ... Léonora Galigaï
Nicole Mirel ... Mme de Neri
Alain Morat ... Le prince Gaston (as Bibi Morat)
Moustache ... La Ferrière
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Beaufort ... (uncredited)
René Brun ... (uncredited)
Lucien Camiret ... (uncredited)
Henri Cote ... (uncredited)
Paul Demange ... (uncredited)
Pierre Durou ... (uncredited)
Yvonne Gradelet ... Une galante (uncredited)
Daniel Ivernel ... Le comte d'Anovar (uncredited)
Clotilde Joano ... (uncredited)
Olivier Lebrun ... (uncredited)
Marcel Loche ... (uncredited)
Patricia Marinier ... Elisabeth (uncredited)
Robert Moor ... (uncredited)
Piéral ... Le nain (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Le cardinal (uncredited)

Geymond Vital ... Villeroy (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Autant-Lara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Aurenche 
Henri Jeanson 

Produced by
Ray Ventura .... producer
Original Music by
René Cloërec 
Cinematography by
Jacques Natteau 
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare 
Camera and Electrical Department
Léo Mirkine .... still photographer
Roger Robert .... grip

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Long Live Henry IV... Long Live Love" - USA (literal English title)
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France:120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Long live love!, 12 February 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

"Vive Henri IV ,vive l'amour" is part of Autant-Lara's weak era (roughly from 1958 to 1961) an era when he was filming rubbish.They say he had to accept the dirty work to be able to make his "Tu ne Tueras Point" (1961-1963) ,the only French film dealing with conscientious objection.

"Vive Henri IV ,vive l'Amour" looks like a poor man's Guitry in spite of Jeanson who occasionally comes up with one good line or two.It's cardboard characters history ;they are as much alive as in a wax museum .Some actors have only one scene or two (Blier as Sully,Danielle Darrieux,Nicole Courcel).The plot revolves around the king's desire for Mademoiselle de Montmorency who could be his granddaughter (she's 17,he's 57).He marries her to Prince de Condé,provided that His Majesty will replace him for the wedding night.But young handsome Condé is not prepared to accept it and he runs away with his wife to the monarch's great displeasure.

Overall,it is entertaining stuff ;if you forget history, Melina Mercouri who overplays as queen Marie de Medicis,and an unpleasant scene in a monastery where Condé is mistaken for a homosexual,the rest is bawdy moderately enjoyable stuff.If you do not ask too much,you can watch...

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