6.8/10
484
11 user 3 critic

Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)

Balzac (original title)
Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Raspoutine (TV Movie 2011)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.

Director: Josée Dayan
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Vladimir Mashkov
Rasputin (2011)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The life of Rasputin and his friendship and influence on the Tsar and Tsarina.

Directors: Josée Dayan, Irakli Kvirikadze
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Vladimir Mashkov
Klute (1971)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi
L'autre Dumas (2010)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Nobody knows Auguste Maquet, and yet everybody knows "The Three Musketeers", Everybody knows Alexandre Dumas who wrote the swashbuckling masterpiece but who knows that Maquet is his ... See full summary »

Director: Safy Nebbou
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Dominique Blanc
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory... See full summary »

Director: Yves Angelo
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Fabrice Luchini
The Count of Monte Cristo (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Classic tale from Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort
Vatel (2000)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

Director: Daniel Vigne
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Gerard Depardieu is a new teacher in a lower class school. He has a hard time with a special eighth grade class, and in his building.

Director: Gérard Lauzier
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Michèle Laroque, Souad Amidou
Swann in Love (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Elegant and educated bachelor, Charles Swann, moves in the most powerful and fashionable circles of Paris in the 1890's. When he falls in love with Odette de Crecy, a courtesan, his friends... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Charlotte-Laure
...
...
Madame de Berny
...
Laure d'Abrantès
...
Maitre Plissoud
...
Sergio Rubini ...
François Marthouret ...
Docteur Nacquart
...
...
Count Hanska
Pascal Vannson ...
Paradis
Hervé Briaux ...
Charles Sedillot
Didier Lesour ...
Surveillant Bossu
Enguerran Demeulenaere ...
Balzac Enfant
Edit

Storyline

Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his unsuccessful attempts to make money out of printing and publishing books. Balzac never gives up, however - even though his dissolute lifestyle keeps landing him in trouble with his creditors. To finally gain acclaim for his works and to earn enough money to survive, Balzac works like a man possessed, day and night, to the brink of exhaustion, drinking liter upon liter of coffee to keep himself awake. The passionate author also tends to go to excess in affairs of the heart - he has several woman friends at the same time, all of them very different from each other. They include the kind, caring and elderly Madame de Berny, and the egotistical, ambitious Laure d'Abrantès, who introduces Balzac to the salons of upper-class society. Balzac's heart belong to just one person alone, however: Eve Hanska, a ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He burned with ambition. He lived for passion.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

23 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Balzac: A Life of Passion  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Only for those with specific interest in Honoré de Balzac
18 January 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Balzac", the 200 minute French TV docudrama, cannot portray Balzac the man with fidelity and be any more interesting than the man himself. And, judging from this film, Balzac was not all that interesting as historical characters go. Though the series beautifully represents 19th century France with perfection in costuming, sets, locations, props, etc. and Depardieu turns in a solid performance as the title character, the teleplay spends most of its time buried in the minutia of Balzac's many relationships with women to the exclusions of countless other aspects of his life and times. A "must see" for anyone interested in life of the classical novelist, "Balzac" is not likely to be a satisfying watch for those interested in the period piece solely for entertainment. (B)


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?