Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the son of a prosperous tapestry maker. His mother ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Philippe Caubère ...
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La Forest - La servante
Frédéric Ladonne ...
Odile Cointepas ...
La mère de Molière
Jonathan Sutton ...
La Grange
Joséphine Derenne ...
Brigitte Catillon ...
Julien Maurel ...
L'ami de Molière
Philippe Cointepas ...
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Armand Delcampe ...
Jean Poquelin, le père de Molière
Jean Dasté ...
Le grand-père de Molière
Mathieu Rongier ...
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Alexandre Ferran ...
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Jean-Claude Penchenat ...
Thomas Félix-Françoise ...
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
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Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the son of a prosperous tapestry maker. His mother died when he was a boy. Growing up in the teeming streets of 17th century Paris, Jean Baptiste received a good Jesuit education and was fascinated by the street fairs and traveling carnivals that flourished in spite of the religious repression and hypocrisy of those cruel times. As a young man he joined the theatrical Bejart family to establish the Illustre-Theatre, which soon went bankrupt. The troupe reformed, found patronage, and went on the road for thirteen years, performing all over France. Poquelin developed his stagecraft adapting Commedia dell Arte plots to please brutalized peasants and cynical townspeople. He also married Madeline Bejart, the widowed daughter of the troupe's founder. Later he entered into a love affair with Mme Bejart's daughter, to the dismay of all. The troupe eventually... Written by John Christopher <johnpickman@excite.com> revised by John Chapot

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LE ROI ARTHUR (King Arthur, or the British Worthy)
(air "Cold Song")
Music by Henry Purcell
Disque L'OISEAU-LYRE (SOL 60008 9)
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Indelible images
20 January 2004 | by (Springfield, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I saw half of this film over 20 years ago, and only once -- and still many scenes are indelibly imprinted in my mind. Moliere's mother picking lice out of his hair...the cavalry attacking student Mardi Gras revellers...starving beggars eating a horse raw...thick stage makeup flaking off a sweating actor...and all sorts of other real and surreal details of 17th century life.

That this compelling and unique film should have disappeared for a quarter century when so much utter CRAP has appeared on tape and DVD is appalling. I hope rumors of its release on DVD are true. And make it available in the USA, please!


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