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Delusions of Grandeur

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Original title
La folie des grandeurs
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Gérard Oury, Danièle Thompson, Marcel Jullian, Sandro Continenza
Music
Michel Polnareff
Cinematography
Henri Decaë
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Spain-Italy-Germany; Gaumont International / Mars Film / Orion Filmproduktion / Coral Films
Genre
Comedy | 17th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Delusions of Grandeur is a period comedy/farce, set in 17th Century Spain and based (quite loosely) on Victor Hugo's play "Ruy Blas". Don Salluste (Louis de Funes) is a reprehensible Minister of Finance who is hated by both the people and the Queen. She develops a case against him and manages to have the King drive Salluste out of his royal court and exile him to the countryside. Determined to exact revenge, Salluste enlists his valet, Blaze (Yves Montand), to impersonate his nephew, Count Cesar to romance the Queen and create a scandal. Ironically, Blaze really does fall in love with the Queen and manages to get himself ensconced into the Royal Court, setting up what will inevitably be a reckoning in the future!
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