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Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996)

Beaumarchais l'insolent (original title)
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais, playwright and adventurer, who gets himself into numerous different scrapes and romantic encounters in 18th Century France.

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Sacha Guitry (inspired: Librement inspiré de l'oeuvre inédite de), Édouard Molinaro (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Marie-Thérèse
Manuel Blanc ... Gudin
Michel Aumont ... Baron de Breteuil
Jean-François Balmer ... Sartine
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Abbot
Patrick Bouchitey ... Monsieur Lejay
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Madame Vigee Lebrun
Isabelle Carré ... Rosine
José Garcia ... Figaro
Alain Chabat ... Le courtisan à Versailles
Pierre Gérard Pierre Gérard ... Comte de Provence
Judith Godrèche ... Marie-Antoinette (as Judith Godreche)
Murray Head ... Lord Rochford
Axelle Laffont Axelle Laffont ... Mariette Lejay
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Storyline

The true life story of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the son of a clockmaker, who writes "The Barber of Seville", works as a secret agent for the French king, runs guns to the American revolutionaries, and along the way finds himself on a collision course with the Chevalier d'Eon, France's notorious cross-dressing superspy. Written by Nichol

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A most remarkable true story of love affairs, scandals and espionage.


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Trivia

Daniel Auteuil was first considered for the title role. See more »

Quotes

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais: By "we", I mean France.
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Featured in The Movie Show: Episode dated 29 June 1997 (1997) See more »

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Fabrice Luchini gives an excellent portrayal of Beaumarchais
14 November 2006 | by lalizeSee all my reviews

Perhaps I am biased but I absolutely love the film partly because I think there is no other actor in the world that can portray Beaumarchais the way Luchini does.

The film is not meant to be completely biographical but it's enough to capture the essence of Beaumarchais. I don't think it is possible to make a film on the whole entire life of Beaumarchais, it would last a lifetime and would have been superficial. Capturing a slice of his life is hard enough but done very well in this film in a very light-hearted way.

Other types of attempts to tell the story of Beaumarchais would probably be plastic.

An excellent performance by Fabrice Luchini!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

FRF95,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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