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Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

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In 1657, playwright/actor Molière, having been given a theater in the capital by the King, is back in Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his company of players. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother... Thirteen years earlier, Molière already runs a troupe but goes broke and is thrown to prison. Fortunately (?) his debt is covered by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who wants him to help him rehearse a one-act play he has written with a view to seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimène. As Jourdain is married to Elmire, and is the "respectable" father of two daughters his design must remain secret so Molière is introduced into the house as Tartuffe, an austere priest... Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 January 2007 (France)  »

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As Aventuras de Molière  »

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€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,601 (USA) (27 July 2007)

Gross:

$634,277 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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The plot of "Moliere" was actually loosely based on two of his plays, 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and 'Tartuffe'. See more »

Quotes

Célimène: What angel sent you to make us laugh like this? We're so dreadfully starved for entertainment.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: What, madame? I thought the greatest minds jostled their way in here.
Célimène: If you knew what we endured. It's often a draw between boredom and the grotesque. People jostle, yes, only to declare their unwanted passion. Like that poor Mr. Jourdain.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Mr. Jourdain, you say?
Célimène: Imagine a farmyard rooster, disguised as a pheasant, sputtering rhymes in my face a child of eight would no longer dare read. You see my ...
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References Molière (1978) See more »

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Ah, Madame, Je vous aime!
Lyrics by Christian Daumas, music based on a 17th Century tune
Performed by Henriette Jourdain (Fanny Valette) and Valère (Gonzague Montuel)
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Why DVD's are helpful
13 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many venues for viewing films, and one of the most helpful is on DVD. Yes, the "big screen" in a movie house is special: and, yes, film festivals are more fun. There is not much one can do about duplicating a festival in one's living room, but today's large home screens fill in pretty well for the larger commercial houses. The DVD adds another dimension, beside quality, that the theaters normally do not provide: special features! The commentary by director Laurent Tirard on the making of MOLIERE raises the understanding of the art of the film from good to excellent. In explaining the relation of scenes and characters from Moliere's plays to scenes and characters in the film, Tirard transcends the art of biography. This is especially helpful with a playwright like Moliere who is long-removed from contemporary culture, both in substance and form. Of course, not all special effects are as useful as Tirard's commentary. Most range from a director's "what I did last summer" to a "I can't explain why I wrote that." Tirard is the exception. As one who has a Ph.D in Literature, even I read precious little of Moliere, and then usually only under the gun. After viewing Tirard's commentary, I think I might just go to the library and pick up a book of Moliere's plays, and take home another of Tirard's films---on DVD!


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