The story of Monsieur de Sainte Colombe, fierce and somber man, grand master of the viola da gamba and professor of Marin Marais, prestigious musician in the court of Louis XIV.

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Alain Corneau

Writers:

Pascal Quignard (based on the novel by), Alain Corneau (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Monsieur de Sainte Colombe
Gérard Depardieu ... Marin Marais
Anne Brochet ... Madeleine
Guillaume Depardieu ... Young Marin Marais
Carole Richert Carole Richert ... Toinette
Michel Bouquet ... Baugin
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Abbe Mathieu
Yves Gasc Yves Gasc ... Caignet
Yves Lambrecht Yves Lambrecht ... Charbonnières
Jean-Marie Poirier Jean-Marie Poirier ... Monsieur de Bures
Myriam Boyer Myriam Boyer ... Guignotte
Violaine Lacroix Violaine Lacroix ... Young Madeleine
Nadège Teron Nadège Teron ... Young Toinette
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Mme. de Sainte Colombe (as Caroline Sihol)
Philippe Duclos ... Brunet (voice)
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Storyline

It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into which he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the viola. Written by Daniel Bjoerkman <Daniel.Bjoerkman@p16.lurivax.ct.se>

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Trivia

The soundtrack album of Baroque music outsold Michael Jackson, upon its release in France, and outsold Madonna upon its release in the United States. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film the music-making is very poorly mimed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Musician: Open your mouth so we can hear you. I can't follow you. You're not listening. You're going too fast. Let's start over with the first notes of the song. Stop! The Master has signalled. The Master would speak. Speak, Master.
Marin Marais: Each note should end dying.
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Referenced in Kaamelott: Tous les matins du monde 2ème partie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Troisième leçon de Ténébres
Music by François Couperin
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Beautiful and heart-rending
13 January 2001 | by helen-53See all my reviews

See this and weep. Then weep some more (take tissues). Then listen to the soundtrack and weep along to beautifully-reproduced baroque chamber music.

The story is slow-paced and lovingly-shot, and deals with love, talent and labour being lost on the road to fame and fortune in the big city. Even in the seventeenth century, musicians sold out and left emotional wreckage behind them. (Not to mention one dramatically smashed viol, a suicide and a lot of crushed peaches.)

Though the film's big-name stars are the Depardieus pere et fils, the musical director, Jordi Savall, and the Concert des Nations should be given an equal billing!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Mornings of the World See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,277, 15 November 1992

Gross USA:

$3,089,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,089,497
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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