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Molière (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, History  |  31 January 2007 (France)
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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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Henriette Jourdain
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Luc Tremblais ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Molière  »

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Budget:

€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

M. Jourdain: Your father said you studied law?
Thomas: Trade law, to be exact.
M. Jourdain: What a fine idea! I wanted a son to bequeath my business to.
Thomas: How is business?
M. Jourdain: I can't complain.
Thomas: You're wrong. Our laws are reprehensible. Business in France is impossible. But I have concrete ideas on ways to increase profits.
Dorante: Thomas, I fear this conversation could lead to boredom.
M. Jourdain: Not at all. Not at all. Please continue.
Thomas: For example, did you know you could save on labor costs by setting up shop in Spain, where people earn four times ...
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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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Molière : Director Laurent Tirard has created an excellent film about a dramatist whose name would always be synonymous with "good french".
17 October 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Each language has always had the privilege of having a major author as its representative who was instrumental in achieving immense glory for making it more popular. This is how we remember giants of world literature namely Shakespeare, Goethe and Dante as representatives of English, German and Italian languages. As far as French language is concerned, the importance of Molière seems to grow with each passing year as not only is he read in large numbers by literature conscious public in France but his plays translated into different foreign languages are also staged all over the world. Director Laurent Tirard's film "Molière" presents a very good visual representation of what the actual 'Molière' must have looked like and under what circumstances did he live ? This is the second film about Molière. It is the light tone of this film which makes it different from that of Ariane Mnouchkine which was a very formal exercise in getting closer to Molière with excessive focus on théâtre in the life of the great playwright. The two major shooting locations namely Château de Versailles and Château de Courances have been able to perfectly recreate a time of the past when some dramatists were trying to make progress with tragedy instead of comedy. French actor Romain Duris is able to do perfect justice to his role as a Molière who knew a lot about hypocrisies of aristocrats and how to deal with them. There are impressive performances by actors Laura Morante and Edouard Baer too. However, it is Fabrice Luchini, one of French cinema's most intelligent actors who charms us all with his "prestation" as Monsieur Jourdain. Lastly, "Molière" is an light yet excellent introduction to the world of famous playwright. It can also be shown to anybody interested in French language, civilization and culture.


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