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Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996)

Beaumarchais l'insolent (original title)
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself into numerous different scrapes and romantic encounters in 18th Century France.

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The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself into numerous different scrapes and romantic encounters in 18th Century France. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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A most remarkable true story of love affairs, scandals and espionage.


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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Beaumarchais the Scoundrel  »

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FRF 95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,216 (USA) (24 October 1997)

Gross:

$630,269 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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French visa # 87552. See more »

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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais: By "we", I mean France.
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Featured in Bouillon de culture: Beaumarchais (1996) See more »

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What wonderful charm! Voltaire and Jefferson are applauding.
7 August 2008 | by (Rochester, N.Y. USA) – See all my reviews

This is a film for those who love democracy -- the victory of what Jefferson called the "aristocracy of talent" over the dead weight of the past. You will be swept up in this marvelous adventure, this heroic tale that recounts the American and the French revolutions at their best. This film is the LIFE, not the letter -- as it is presented in text books. Hurray for the American revolution and the French revolution and remember that their goal was wit and delight and love -- not advancement as an end in itself. The French cinema has presented this film in such a lovely, believable, natural manner. Thank you to them. Wonderful, humane acting graces a noble subject.


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