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Delusions of Grandeur

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Original title
La folie des grandeurs
Running time
102 min.
France France
Gérard Oury, Danièle Thompson, Marcel Jullian, Sandro Continenza
Michel Polnareff
Henri Decaë
Co-production France-Spain-Italy-Germany; Gaumont, Mars Films Produzione, Orion Filmproduktion, Coral Films
Comedy | 17th Century
Movie Groups
Victor Hugo Adaptations
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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