The Libertine (2000)
"Le libertin" (original title)

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The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madame Therbouche
La Baronne d'Holbach
Le Cardinal
La Marquise de Jerfeuil
Christian Charmetant ...
Françoise Lépine ...
Madame Diderot
François Lalande ...
Le Baron d'Holbach
Le Marquis de Cambrol
Arnaud Lemaire ...
Le Marquis de Lutz
Julie d'Holbach
Angélique Diderot
Yan Duffas ...
Véronique Vella ...
La Cousine de Jerfeuil
Le Chef de la police


The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural castle estate of the baron of Holbach, and prints their forbidden publication, the Encyclopédie, drowning the noise of the presses in Jewish assistant Abraham's organ playing. Then arrives Madame Therbouche, a flirtatious painter, from the Prussian metropolis Berlin, and convinces Diderot to pose for her more daring then his idol fellow-philosopher Voltaire in Berlin: in the nude, leading to an animated row with his wife Antoinette, still naked except for a very unsteady sheet, all over the estate's park. Worse, the saucy scene is witnessed by a feared visitor, Holbach's brother the Cardinal, who is hunting for the illegal Encyclopaedia printers; to divert him, the baroness confesses her real and imagined sins since years and next sends in every female to do the same, later joined spontaneously by ... Written by KGF Vissers

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A Vágy Forradalma  »

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Diderot's impact in sheer terms of sexuality
28 October 2006 | by (Seinäjoki, Finland) – See all my reviews

This movie does not really tell what Diderot was for. Everything what it contains is about the primal reactions what his ideas engineered for and how the current morals, which were supervised by the Church, did not fit into them. The real Diderot was a part of some much larger picture than just sexual morals of the French upper class. The knowledge what the 18th century philosophers wanted to represent was equally against the Upper Class as it was against over-dominant Church.

'Le Libertin' has a good pick of French top actors, but those who want to see this only for Audrey Tautou's famous part may find that thing indifferent. The movie is full of various sexual matters but anyway it is all how it was back in the 18th century, and so every idea that is about sex in the film is also historically very accurate and well crafted indeed.

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