Drama centering around the life at the court of Louis XIV and the role of the Marquise de Maintenon.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon 2 episodes, 1996
Didier Sandre ...
Valentine Varela ...
 Madame de Montespan 2 episodes, 1996
Raphaëline Goupilleau ...
 Bonne d'Heudicourt 2 episodes, 1996
Nicole Dubois ...
 Madame de Montchevreuil 2 episodes, 1996
Solenn Jarniou ...
Annie Grégorio ...
 La reine 2 episodes, 1996
Frédérique Tirmont ...
 Madame de Richelieu 2 episodes, 1996
Antoine du Merle ...
 Les enfants 2 episodes, 1996
Mathilde Runge ...
 Les enfants 2 episodes, 1996
Clémence Lesueur ...
 Les enfants 2 episodes, 1996
Armeur Friaa ...
 Les enfants 2 episodes, 1996
Les Talens Lyriques ...
 Ensemble 2 episodes, 1996


Drama centering around the life at the court of Louis XIV and the role of the Marquise de Maintenon.

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1 January 1996 (France)  »

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Die Allee des Königs  »

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Sumptuous and Sympathetic Portrayal of Sun King's Mistress
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A lavish production depicting the rags to riches story of Francoise d'Aubigne, born of noble but poor parents, raised by relatives, and who married the poet, wit and cripple, Scarron. Left a widow, she is introduced through aristocratic friends to Louis XIV's mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, and becomes the governess of their children. For her loyal and discreet service the King made her Marquise de Maintenon. Ultimately she became the monarch's intimate companion (or wife, as shown here) for 32 years and died in 1719 at the school for poor noble girls she founded at Saint-Cyr. The film richly recreates the look and feel of life at the Sun King's court, and features magnificent interiors, as well as parks and gardens, of the time (including Versailles). The dialog is a model of classic French, combining formality, elegance and style. The quality of the language cannot be translated into English; and if it were, it would not sound "natural" to an English-speaking audience. Highly recommended; but best enjoyed by French speakers!

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