Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)
"Que la fête commence..." (original title)

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France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Le marquis de Pontcallec
Christine Pascal ...
Alfred Adam ...
Le maréchal de Villeroy
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Le cardinal
Gérard Desarthe ...
Le duc de Bourbon / Duke of Bourbon
Michel Beaune ...
Le capitaine La Griollais
Monique Chaumette ...
La gouvernante de Pontcallec
François Dyrek ...
Jean-Paul Farré ...
Le père Burdo
La Fillon
Raymond Girard ...
Jacques Hilling ...
L'abbé Gratellard
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Amaury de Lambilly


France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion lead by a Breton squire (Pontallec) and of the famine to become archbishop... Description of the life of the court in this period of transition where the French Revolution smoulders. Written by Yepok

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23 March 1975 (France)  »

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Let Joy Reign Supreme  »

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A bad miscalculation on Tavernier's part
5 November 2011 | by (Gerst) – See all my reviews

This is a very, very good film. It's a small movie about a huge subject for adults: Middle age, and loss. It's funny, it's serious, it's beautiful, it's intimate and it's timeless in it's humanity. Philippe Noiret, in a magnificently understated performance which deserves every acting accolade available to someone in his profession, plays a man who loses his partner of 16 years. This tale, which takes place in the early 1860's and is based upon the novel by Christopher Isherwood, is of a 'gay' man who, in a time when homosexuals were openly discussed when, ONLY to be condemned, has to deal with the overwhelming grief of his loss, and do it silently, internally. He is not given the respect and compassion that a straight person would automatically be given under the circumstances. He has to look at his life, and decide if it is worth living without the love of his partner Noiret's performance is the main reason to see this movie, and ENOUGH of a reason to see it. The film is beautifully shot, written, and realized by Bertrand Tavernier, in a first effort at film directing. It's style, detail and exquisite form is equaled by it's depth and spirit. Jean Rochefort is powerful as a drunk best friend with plenty of regrets. The Score is hauntingly beautiful. Terrific film; highly recommended.

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