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Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)

Balzac (original title)
Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his ... See full summary »

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Josée Dayan

Writer:

Didier Decoin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Honoré de Balzac
Jeanne Moreau ... Charlotte-Laure
Fanny Ardant ... Eve Hanska
Virna Lisi ... Madame de Berny
Katja Riemann ... Laure d'Abrantès
Claude Rich ... Maitre Plissoud
Gert Voss ... Victor Hugo
Sergio Rubini ... Eugene Sue
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Docteur Nacquart
Marianne Denicourt ... Adèle Hugo
Gottfried John ... Count Hanska
Pascal Vannson Pascal Vannson ... Paradis
Hervé Briaux Hervé Briaux ... Charles Sedillot
Didier Lesour Didier Lesour ... Surveillant Bossu
Enguerran Demeulenaere Enguerran Demeulenaere ... Balzac Enfant
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Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his unsuccessful attempts to make money out of printing and publishing books. Balzac never gives up, however - even though his dissolute lifestyle keeps landing him in trouble with his creditors. To finally gain acclaim for his works and to earn enough money to survive, Balzac works like a man possessed, day and night, to the brink of exhaustion, drinking liter upon liter of coffee to keep himself awake. The passionate author also tends to go to excess in affairs of the heart - he has several woman friends at the same time, all of them very different from each other. They include the kind, caring and elderly Madame de Berny, and the egotistical, ambitious Laure d'Abrantès, who introduces Balzac to the salons of upper-class society. Balzac's heart belong to just one person alone, however: Eve Hanska, a ... Written by Anonymous

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He burned with ambition. He lived for passion.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balzac: A Life of Passion See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Only for those with specific interest in Honoré de Balzac
18 January 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Balzac", the 200 minute French TV docudrama, cannot portray Balzac the man with fidelity and be any more interesting than the man himself. And, judging from this film, Balzac was not all that interesting as historical characters go. Though the series beautifully represents 19th century France with perfection in costuming, sets, locations, props, etc. and Depardieu turns in a solid performance as the title character, the teleplay spends most of its time buried in the minutia of Balzac's many relationships with women to the exclusions of countless other aspects of his life and times. A "must see" for anyone interested in life of the classical novelist, "Balzac" is not likely to be a satisfying watch for those interested in the period piece solely for entertainment. (B)


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