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Molière (1978)

Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the son of a prosperous tapestry maker. His mother ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Caubère Philippe Caubère ... Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière / La Mort
Marie-Françoise Audollent ... La Forest - La servante
Frédéric Ladonne Frédéric Ladonne ... Molière enfant
Odile Cointepas Odile Cointepas ... La mère de Molière
Jonathan Sutton Jonathan Sutton ... La Grange
Joséphine Derenne Joséphine Derenne ... Madeleine Béjart
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Armande Béjart
Julien Maurel Julien Maurel ... L'ami de Molière
Philippe Cointepas Philippe Cointepas ... Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Armand Delcampe Armand Delcampe ... Jean Poquelin, le père de Molière
Jean Dasté ... Le grand-père de Molière
Mathieu Rongier Mathieu Rongier ... Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Alexandre Ferran Alexandre Ferran ... Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
Jean-Claude Penchenat Jean-Claude Penchenat ... Le Roi Louis XIV
Thomas Félix-Françoise Thomas Félix-Françoise ... Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste
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Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622, the son of a prosperous tapestry maker. His mother died when he was a boy. Growing up in the teeming streets of 17th century Paris, Jean Baptiste received a good Jesuit education and was fascinated by the street fairs and traveling carnivals that flourished in spite of the religious repression and hypocrisy of those cruel times. As a young man he joined the theatrical Bejart family to establish the Illustre-Theatre, which soon went bankrupt. The troupe reformed, found patronage, and went on the road for thirteen years, performing all over France. Poquelin developed his stagecraft adapting Commedia dell Arte plots to please brutalized peasants and cynical townspeople. He also married Madeline Bejart, the widowed daughter of the troupe's founder. Later he entered into a love affair with Mme Bejart's daughter, to the dismay of all. The troupe eventually... Written by John Christopher <johnpickman@excite.com> revised by John Chapot

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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TE DEUM
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully (as Lully)
Disque ERATO (STU 70927)
Conducted by Jean-François Paillard (uncredited)
Performed by Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard (uncredited)
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10 October 2005 | by rmorelSee all my reviews

It is amazing how many other people share the same feeling towards this film!!! I felt like a solitaire, since my only connection with this film was my memory. In effect, it was exhibited in my city, Montevideo, Uruguay (South America) as part of a France Film Festival back in 1979. I enjoyed every minute of the four hours the film lasts, so I went twice. I was only 18 y.o. at that time. Since that, I have been trying to find any reference to the film without success. The cinemateca where it was shown did not keep a copy, the same with the France Embassy that brought the film. Nothing on Yahoo. It was not until now that I used Google that I found a clue. And thanks to IMDb found that I am not alone, that many people has memories of this most exquisite film ever. I just followed the advice of a colleague here and bought the film from the amazon.fr site. I hope it arrives in Uruguay, that is possible to play on my multi-zone DVD player, and that has some sub-titles either on Spanish or English, because even my family came from France, I speak it very badly.


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