Moliere

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Overview

In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Moli?re -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Moli?re Romain Duris is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors or achieve significant financial success. Moli?re is put in jail after skipping out on some unpaid debts, ...
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Overview

In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Molière Romain Duris is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors or achieve significant financial success. Molière is put in jail after skipping out on some unpaid debts, but is freed after his fine is paid by two strangers. Molière discovers his benefactors are acting on behalf of Jourdain Fabrice Luchini, a very wealthy man who has a beautiful wife, Elmire Laura Morante and two lovely daughters. However, Jourdain has fallen head over heels for Celimene Ludivine Sagnier, a gorgeous widow, and he's written a short play in order to demonstrate his feelings for her. Jourdain needs someone to help him polish his script and serve as an acting coach, and he's recruited Molière for the job. Needing the money, Moliere accepts, but he poses as a man of the cloth, Monsieur Tartuffe, to keep his identity a secret. Molière soon realizes that Jourdain's talent exists only in the rich man's imagination, and that Jourdain already has a rival for Celimene's affections, the charming but duplicitous Dorante Edouard Baer. Molière was written and directed by Laurent Tirard.
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Special Features

Director's commentary by Laurent Tirard; The making of Molière featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • UPC: 043396214651
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,187

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Romain Duris Moliere
Fabrice Luchini Jourdain
Laura Morante Elmire
Edouard Baer Dorante
Ludivine Sagnier Celimene
Fanny Valette Henriette
Jean-Claude Jay Charles
Melanie Dos Santos
Gonzague Montuel
Gilian Petrovsky
Sophie-Charlotte Husson
Eric Berger
Arie Elmaleh
Technical Credits
Laurent Sivot Director, Production Manager
Laurent Tirard Director, Screenwriter
Christine de Jekel Executive Producer
Olivier Delbosc Producer
Valerie Deseine Editor
Eric Devulder Sound Editor
Françoise Dupertuis Production Designer
Francois Fayard Sound Editor
Stephane Foenkinos Casting
Thomas Gauder Sound Mixer
Gilles Henry Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Jay Screenwriter
Pierre-Jean Larroque Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Missonnier Producer
Frederic Talgorn Score Composer
Fanny Valette Screenwriter
Gregoire Vigneron Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moliere
1. Return to Paris [4:13]
2. Only Tragedies [3:33]
3. An Old Friend [4:45]
4. Let Him Suffer [4:29]
5. A Priest [3:27]
6. Painting Lessons [3:52]
7. Love Note [3:52]
8. Daydream [5:12]
9. Watch Dog [2:06]
10. Young Playwright [4:42]
11. Admirer [4:51]
12. Nothing to Hide [2:26]
13. Dewdrop [5:13]
14. Exchange of Compliments [3:51]
15. Heavy and Pretentious [5:00]
16. Coming Clean [2:39]
17. Work [4:19]
18. Hunting Easy Prey [5:49]
19. Scalding Hot [1:49]
20. Showcase [3:34]
21. Solemnly Request [5:27]
22. Dry Your Tears [3:06]
23. Last Rehearsal [3:30]
24. Blindfolded Donkey [4:52]
25. Marriage Cancelled [6:04]
26. Wedding Day [4:02]
27. Going on Tour [4:18]
28. Invent It [9:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Moliere
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   Special Features
      Commentary With Director Laurent Tirard: On
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      The Making of Molière
      Previews
         The Jane Austen Book Club
         The Band's Visit
         Vitus
         Across the Universe
         Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains
         My Kid Could Paint That
         Persepolis
         The Italian
         The Valet
         Damages: Season 1
         Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition
         Look at Me
         Bon Voyage
   Previews
      The Jane Austen Book Club
      The Band's Visit
      Vitus
      Across the Universe
      Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains
      My Kid Could Paint That
      Persepolis
      The Italian
      The Valet
      Damages: Season 1
      Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition
      Look at Me
      Bon Voyage
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    Delightful! Eveything, the music, the acting.

    Delightful! Eveything, the music, the acting.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Oola Moliere!!

    An amazing rare piece of gem. I am not sure at all of the historical accuracy of the film or Moliere's life, but this film did move me, gave me reasons to think, made me feel each and every character's presence on screen. Romain Duris is beyond words, he steals the entire show pretty easily, much can be said about him as Moliere in this film, but the lesser it is. Fabulous performances from Fabrice Luchini and Laura Morante. The chemistry between Morante and Duris makes you go speechless, they make an outstanding pair right there on the screen and the interactions between them are quite believable and will simply take you along with the flow of the film very well. Rich scenery, excellent character development and a superb cast performance is all you will get here. A film not to be missed at all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bittersweet

    Moliere's Tartuffe is one of my favorite comedic plays, and the wild speculations of this film based on that one play kept me laughing throughout most of the movie. The ending was sad and sweet and unexpected, the sort of real life intrusion that rounded the movie out and made it more than just the farce it began as.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    SO GOOD!

    Loved the whole movie! I did not even care that it was in French with English Subtitles! LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Dazzling Period Piece: Filling in the Missing Pieces of Moliere's Career

    'Molière' is a treat for the eyes as well as a tickler for historical manipulation and in the hands of writers Laurent Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron the cinematic version of the 'lost years' of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin AKA Molière's life abounds in superb entertainment. If the story becomes a bit too convoluted at times, trying to paste together a story that parallels the French playwright's most famous plays, `Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and `Tartuffe' as the basis for the missing portion of Molière's life, and drags on a bit too long at two hours, it is never less that gorgeous to look at and witty to hear. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin or Molière (Romain Duris) is an actor and playwright for a comedy troupe that tours the provinces of France, spending himself into debtor's prison. His mysterious disappearance from prison is the time this film uses to explain how Molière was enticed by the wealthy M. Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini) to travel to his estate for the purpose of teaching the dilettante how to write plays and to act in order to win the affection of a wealthy young Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) while keeping his daughter and his wife Elmire (Laura Morante) at bay. There are many subplots that tend to distract but in the end the 'play' created by Molière's presence and interaction with all of the other characters provides the life lessons and food for material that leads Molière to be the greatest of French playwrights. The cast is superb, the visual effects are opulent, the musical score is period correct, and the cinematography finds a fine balance between the lush vistas of the countryside and estates and the grimy realism of the prison and small theaters. Perhaps the story is not historically correct, but no one really knows the true events in the missing portion of Molière's life, and this version is at least plausible and thought provoking. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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    Posted April 9, 2009

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