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Molière (2007)

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Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
... M. Jourdain
... Elmire Jourdain
... Dorante
... Célimène
... Henriette Jourdain
Gonzague Montuel ... Valère
Gilian Petrovski ... Thomas
... Madeleine Béjart
... Catherine de Brie
... Marquise du Parc
Luc Tremblais ... Gros-René
Nicolas Vaude ... Monsieur
... Bonnefoy
Isabelle Caubère ... Toinette
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Storyline

In 1657, playwright/actor Molière, having been given a theater in the capital by the King, is back in Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his company of players. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother... Thirteen years earlier, Molière already runs a troupe but goes broke and is thrown to prison. Fortunately (?) his debt is covered by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who wants him to help him rehearse a one-act play he has written with a view to seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimène. As Jourdain is married to Elmire, and is the "respectable" father of two daughters his design must remain secret so Molière is introduced into the house as Tartuffe, an austere priest... Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 January 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Molière  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,601, 29 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$634,277, 24 November 2007
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The opening scene of this gorgeous movie was filmed in Marie Antoinette's tiny private opera house, known as The Queen's Theatre, located at The Petite Trianon at Versailles. However, The Queen's Theatre was not constructed until 1780 - so approximately 122 years later than this film's opening scene time period of 1658. The Queen's Theatre can also be seen prominently in Marie Antoinette (2006). See more »

Quotes

Elmire Jourdain: [to Molière/Poquelin] Mr. Tartuffe, I understood long ago that men of the Church are for the most part mere actors, who endlessly repeat the same lines, with more or less conviction.
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References Molière (1978) See more »

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Ah, Madame, Je vous aime!
Lyrics by Christian Daumas, music based on a 17th Century tune
Performed by Henriette Jourdain (Fanny Valette) and Valère (Gonzague Montuel)
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Excellent Historical Fiction
28 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

This was an excellent film. It would seem to be inspired by the success of "Shakespeare In Love" in terms of plot and structure, namely the trials and tribulations of the French literary icon during his struggling early years.

Moliere narrates the tale, recalling his financial difficulties as the head of a bankrupt troupe of actors. To avoid debtors prison, he takes a job as a tutor to a wealthy merchant, training him in the fine arts in order to help him woo the object of his affections. The wealthy merchant is a buffoon and the training sessions comical, but his wife is a woman of substance, whom Moliere falls in love with.

There are other backstories, namely the merchant's daughter and her suitors, a conniving and lecherous friend of the merchant, and Moliere's present day plans for a play to be acted before the Royal Family.

The acting, screenplay, and cinematography were outstanding. I truly enjoyed this film and recommend it highly.


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