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The production hired a beautiful ancient harp from the Museo dell'Arpa Victor Salvi (Italy); the harp is dated 1760, so it is actually much later than Moliere's time. See more »
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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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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