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
31 January 2007 (France)
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Also Known As:
As Aventuras de Molière
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Opening Weekend USA: $32,601,
29 July 2007, Limited Release
Gross USA: $634,277, 24 November 2007
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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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
What angel sent you to make us laugh like this? We're so dreadfully starved for entertainment.
What, madame? I thought the greatest minds jostled their way in here.
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.
Mr. Jourdain, you say?
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 ...
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
) See more