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Molière

7.8
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Original title
Molière
Year
Running time
260 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Ariane Mnouchkine
Music
René Clemencic
Cinematography
Bernard Zitzermann
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Italy; Les Films 13 / Les Films du Soleil et de la Nuit / France 2 / Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Genre
Drama | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
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...
Awards
1978: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1978: César Awards: 2 Awards. 5 Nominations
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