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The Libertine (2000)

Le libertin (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, History | 15 March 2000 (France)
The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural ... See full summary »

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Gabriel Aghion
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Vincent Perez ... Denis Diderot
Fanny Ardant ... Madame Therbouche
Josiane Balasko ... La Baronne d'Holbach
Michel Serrault ... Le Cardinal
Arielle Dombasle ... La Marquise de Jerfeuil
Christian Charmetant ... Le Marquis (Chevalier) de Jerfeuil
Françoise Lépine Françoise Lépine ... Madame Diderot
François Lalande François Lalande ... Le Baron d'Holbach
Bruno Todeschini ... Le Marquis de Cambrol
Arnaud Lemaire ... Le Marquis de Lutz
Audrey Tautou ... Julie d'Holbach
Vahina Giocante ... Angélique Diderot
Yan Duffas Yan Duffas ... Abraham
Véronique Vella Véronique Vella ... La Cousine de Jerfeuil
Eric Savin ... Le Chef de la police
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The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural castle estate of the baron of Holbach, and prints their forbidden publication, the Encyclopédie, drowning the noise of the presses in Jewish assistant Abraham's organ playing. Then arrives Madame Therbouche, a flirtatious painter, from the Prussian metropolis Berlin, and convinces Diderot to pose for her more daring then his idol fellow-philosopher Voltaire in Berlin: in the nude, leading to an animated row with his wife Antoinette, still naked except for a very unsteady sheet, all over the estate's park. Worse, the saucy scene is witnessed by a feared visitor, Holbach's brother the Cardinal, who is hunting for the illegal Encyclopaedia printers; to divert him, the baroness confesses her real and imagined sins since years and next sends in every female to do the same, later joined spontaneously by ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | History

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La Barque
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Brilliant satire
6 May 2009 | by masterray-1See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film. It's a shame it is so difficult to see here in the US. I had to go to great lengths to first obtain a PAL copy from France that has no English subtitles, download a subtitle file online, and then use 3 different programs to rip the DVD, process the video and add subtitles, and then burn it to a DVD I could watch on my TV. But it was worth it. It is fun satire on morals and religion that reminded me a bit of the even more wonderful SIRENS. Given the subject matter and frequent full-frontal nudity both male and female, it is no wonder it has had little or no exposure (no pun intended) here in the puritanical USA. I have to admit, I was mostly interested in this film because of Audrey Tautou. Her screen time is very short, but for about half that time she is nude...and a glorious sight it is too. But I'm glad it turned out to have so much more going for it. Highly recommended... if you can understand French or have the ability to make your own subtitles.


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15 March 2000 (France) See more »

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