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Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Que la fête commence... (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 26 March 1975 (France)
France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Tavernier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe d'Orléans
Jean Rochefort ... L'abbé Dubois
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Le marquis de Pontcallec
Christine Pascal Christine Pascal ... Emilie
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... Le maréchal de Villeroy
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Le cardinal
Gérard Desarthe Gérard Desarthe ... Le duc de Bourbon / Duke of Bourbon
Michel Beaune ... Le capitaine La Griollais
Monique Chaumette Monique Chaumette ... La gouvernante de Pontcallec
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Montlouis
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Le père Burdo
Nicole Garcia ... La Fillon
Raymond Girard Raymond Girard ... Chirac
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... L'abbé Gratellard
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Amaury de Lambilly
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France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion lead by a Breton squire named Pontallec and of the famine to become archbishop. Written by Yepok

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Breton

Release Date:

26 March 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Let Joy Reign Supreme See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

O Douleur!
(from the opera "Penthée" Acte V, Composed by Philippe d'Orléans, set to a libretto by Charles Auguste de la Fare.
Sung by Cast Choir
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amazing historical and psychological drama
4 May 2005 | by kalalaSee all my reviews

This is a film that has haunted me for thirty years. I just re-viewed it on DVD and it was every bit as good as I remembered. I don't know why it doesn't show up in festivals and best-of-all-times list; it is on mine. It is satisfyingly densely textured and the acting is flawless. It is rich in every way-- historically fascinating as it shows the tugging at the fibers of France that would eventually (but not quite yet) culminate in revolution, the many nuances of class resentment from the top down -- tension between royalty and nobility, generals and (would-be) clergy, and provincial gentry and their peasantry.

Luxurious scenes and costumes and cinematography. Psychologically rich, terrific dialog, in the closely twined relationship between jaded nobility and ambitious bourgeois that plays out in a tug-of-war over the fate of Bretons. Philippe Noiret as the jaded regent is the ambiguous moral center, stoic yet decadent, embodying la patrie yet carving a private erotic niche apart from a world where his decision can tip the balance of European powers.


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