Writer and philosopher Voltaire, loyal to his king, Louis XV of France, nonetheless writes scathingly of the king's disdain for the rights and needs of his people. Louis admires Voltaire but is increasingly influenced against him by his minister, the Count de Sarnac. Louis's mistress, the courtesan Madame de Pompadour, is Voltaire's protector and advocate, but even she has difficulty preserving his welfare when Voltaire publicly excoriates the king for the wrongful execution of one of his subjects, Calas. Voltaire gives refuge to Calas's daughter and endeavors to show the king the error of his ways. But the Count de Sarnac, with an agenda of intrigue and disloyalty, determines to do away with the troublesome Voltaire.
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Did You Know?
Although the onscreen source of the movie is a novel, it was never published. But modern sources say George Gibbs
and E. Lawrence Dudley
wrote a play for George Arliss, and it was the source adapted for the movie. The play also was never published or even produced. See more
Referenced in Upper World
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played as part of the score at the end See more