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Angélique (1964)

Angélique, marquise des anges (original title)
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In the first of the Angélique series, the beautiful feisty teenage heroine becomes entangled in a political assassination plot and is betrothed to a stranger who is twelve years her senior and a reputed sorcerer.

Director:

Bernard Borderie

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Anne Golon (novel), Serge Golon (novel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Mercier ... Angélique Sancé de Monteloup
Robert Hossein ... Jeoffrey de Peyrac
Jean Rochefort ... L'avocat François Desgrez
Claude Giraud ... Philippe de Plessis-Bellieres
Giuliano Gemma ... Nicolas Merlot dit Calembredaine
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Le moine inquisiteur Conan Becher
Jacques Toja Jacques Toja ... Le Roi Louis XIV
Madeleine Lebeau ... La Grande Mademoiselle
Jean Topart Jean Topart ... Maître Bourié - le chef de l'accusation
Bernard Woringer Bernard Woringer ... Bernard D'Andijos
Philippe Lemaire ... De Vardes
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Le marquis de Plessis-Bellières
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le prince de Condé
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Monsieur, Frère du Roi
Etchika Choureau ... Hortense de Sancé de Monteloup
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In this first part of the Angélique cycle, set in Mid-17th century France under the young Sun King Louis XIV, still struggling for his throne, while beggars and brigands roam the country, Angélique de Sancé de Monteloup, fifth child of an impoverished country nobleman in the Poitou marshlands, expected to struggle for a meager subsistence, educated in a nunnery, is betrothed at 17 to Joffrey de Peyrac, the 12 years older rich but cripple Comte de (count of) Peyrac de Morens and seigneur (Lord) of Toulouse, scarred in the face and said to be a sorcerer, in fact practicing oriental mining techniques which make his vast fortune. For the sake of her family, Angélique reluctantly agrees to the match but refuses the advances of her husband, who does not enforce his conjugal rights, wishing only to win her heart. As Angelique gradually discovers virtuous Peyrac's remarkable talents as scientist, musician and philosopher, she falls passionately in love with him. Joffrey's unusual way of life ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 December 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 44361 delivered on 18-12-1964. See more »

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Angélique 1: Science and sorcery
10 January 2016 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

The story takes place in France around 1650. Angelique (Michèle Mercier) is in love with the young, handsome, but also poor Nicholas (Giuliano Gemma), yet is forced to marry the rich Count Peyrac (Robert Hossein) who has a stiff leg and bears an ugly scar across his face. After she got to know him better, Angelique recognizes an amazing, strong character behind that face, though, and falls in love with her husband despite his outer appearance, better late than never... After some time of peace and happiness, coming events cast their dark shadows before. The Holy Inquisition mistrusts Peyrac's scientific experiments, and the couple also makes enemies at the King's court. Peyrac is accused of sorcery. Can Angelique do anything to save him at the trial?

Classic costume drama which spawned no less than 4 sequels, though none of them exceeded the qualities of the first part. One reason for its success is most likely that it had a female lead character whereas other movies of the genre, from Robin Hood to the 3 Musketeers, usually had male stars. With a good deal of love story added, it appealed a lot more to a female audience in the 1960s, but the action scenes are also well paced and directed. I voted 8/6/7/6/6 for the 5 movies of the series.


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