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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31 January 2007 (France)  »

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€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£76,061 (UK) (13 July 2007)

Gross:

$634,277 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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The production hired a beautiful ancient harp from the Museo dell'Arpa Victor Salvi (Italy); the harp is dated 1760, so it is actually much later than Moliere's time. See more »

Quotes

Célimène: What angel sent you to make us laugh like this? We're so dreadfully starved for entertainment.
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Mr. Jourdain, you say?
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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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Excellent Historical Fiction
28 March 2009 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent film. It would seem to be inspired by the success of "Shakespeare In Love" in terms of plot and structure, namely the trials and tribulations of the French literary icon during his struggling early years.

Moliere narrates the tale, recalling his financial difficulties as the head of a bankrupt troupe of actors. To avoid debtors prison, he takes a job as a tutor to a wealthy merchant, training him in the fine arts in order to help him woo the object of his affections. The wealthy merchant is a buffoon and the training sessions comical, but his wife is a woman of substance, whom Moliere falls in love with.

There are other backstories, namely the merchant's daughter and her suitors, a conniving and lecherous friend of the merchant, and Moliere's present day plans for a play to be acted before the Royal Family.

The acting, screenplay, and cinematography were outstanding. I truly enjoyed this film and recommend it highly.


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