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Molière (1978)

260 min | Biography, Drama, History

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 ...See moreWho 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 returned to Paris and, on October 24, 1658, greatly impressed the 20-year old King Louis XIV, later to be called the Sun King. Moliere's life became bound up with the magnificent court at Versailles, and with its intrigues. He wrote, staged and acted in the plays now famous all over the world. He fought with his enemies and his friends, enjoyed success followed by failure, organized court festivities and defended himself against increasingly fanatic religious authorities. Above all, his theater was taken from life as his life was theatrical. Written by John Christopher revised by John Chapot See less
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Philippe Caubère
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière / La Mort Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière / La Mort   See fewer
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Marie-Françoise Audollent
La Forest - La servante La Forest - La servante   See fewer
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Frédéric Ladonne
Molière enfant Molière enfant   See fewer
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Odile Cointepas
La mère de Molière La mère de Molière   See fewer
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Jonathan Sutton
La Grange La Grange   See fewer
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Joséphine Derenne
Madeleine Béjart Madeleine Béjart   See fewer
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Brigitte Catillon
Armande Béjart Armande Béjart   See fewer
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Julien Maurel
L'ami de Molière L'ami de Molière   See fewer
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Philippe Cointepas
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Armand Delcampe
Jean Poquelin, le père de Molière Jean Poquelin, le père de Molière   See fewer
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Jean Dasté
Le grand-père de Molière Le grand-père de Molière   See fewer
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Mathieu Rongier
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Alexandre Ferran
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Jean-Claude Penchenat
Le Roi Louis XIV Le Roi Louis XIV   See fewer
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Thomas Félix-Françoise
Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste Un camarade de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Roger Planchon
Colbert Colbert   See fewer
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Maurice Chevit
Le curé de l'école Le curé de l'école   See fewer
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Sania Ballerini
Nicolas - frère de Jean-Baptiste Nicolas - frère de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Arnault Thébault
Jean - frère de Jean-Baptiste Jean - frère de Jean-Baptiste   See fewer
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Sigoléne Bonnaud
Madeleine - petite soeur Madeleine - petite soeur   See fewer
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Mario Gonzales
Scaramouche / Jean-Baptiste Lully (as Mario Gonzalès) Scaramouche / Jean-Baptiste Lully (as Mario Gonzalès)   See fewer
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Guy-Claude François
L'homme-oiseau L'homme-oiseau   See fewer
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Jean Brard
Le maître-tapissier Le maître-tapissier   See fewer
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Michel Hart
Un dévot Un dévot   See fewer
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Alfred Simon
Un dévot Un dévot   See fewer
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Jean-Pierre Dougnac
Un dévot Un dévot   See fewer
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Michel Heudebert
Un dévot Un dévot   See fewer
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Gérard Croce
Lieutenant de police Nèfle Lieutenant de police Nèfle   See fewer
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Claude-Emile Rosen
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Christophe Allwright
Le collégien sur le mur Le collégien sur le mur   See fewer
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Louba Guertchikoff
Marie Hervé, veuve Béjart Marie Hervé, veuve Béjart   See fewer
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Louis Béjart Louis Béjart   See fewer
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Françoise Jamet
Geneviève Béjart Geneviève Béjart   See fewer
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Claude Merlin
Joseph Béjart Joseph Béjart   See fewer
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Françoise Rozier
Une autre comédienne de l'IllustreThéâtre Une autre comédienne de l'IllustreThéâtre   See fewer
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Michel Toty
Un autre comédien de l'IllustreThéâtre (as Michel Toti) Un autre comédien de l'IllustreThéâtre (as Michel Toti)   See fewer
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Jean Brassat
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Christian Colin
Descartes Descartes   See fewer
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Fabrice Herrero
Mazarin Mazarin   See fewer
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Marilu Marini
La Reine La Reine   See fewer
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Raphaële Penchenat
Louis XIV - enfant Louis XIV - enfant   See fewer
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Jacqueline Staup
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Elisabeth Ollier
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Marie-Ange Dutheil
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Jacques Ebner
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Marc Godard
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Yves Graffey
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Myrrha Donzenac
La femme violée La femme violée   See fewer
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Jacques Delon
Le chef du village Le chef du village   See fewer
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Clémence Massart-Weit
Marotte Ragueneau (as Clémence Massart) Marotte Ragueneau (as Clémence Massart)   See fewer
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M. Dufresnes M. Dufresnes   See fewer
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Mme. Dufresnes Mme. Dufresnes   See fewer
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Norbert Journo
Gros-René du Parc Gros-René du Parc   See fewer
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Nicole Félix
Catherine de Brie Catherine de Brie   See fewer
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Edmée de Brie Edmée de Brie   See fewer
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Thérèse Marquise du Parc Thérèse Marquise du Parc   See fewer
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Sarah Donzenac-Ploquin
Armande Béjart dite Menou - enfant Armande Béjart dite Menou - enfant   See fewer
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Antoine Brassat
Louis XIV - adolescent Louis XIV - adolescent   See fewer
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Gérard Hardy
Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy   See fewer
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Patrice Thomère
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Le Prince de Conti Le Prince de Conti   See fewer
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La Beauval La Beauval   See fewer
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Du Croisy Du Croisy   See fewer
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Vinca Probst
La jeune mariée La jeune mariée   See fewer
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Le vieux marié Le vieux marié   See fewer
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France Trentin
1ère précieuse 1ère précieuse   See fewer
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Le chanteur Le chanteur   See fewer
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L'évêque L'évêque   See fewer
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Le mendiant Le mendiant   See fewer
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L'architecte L'architecte   See fewer
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Boileau Boileau   See fewer
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Patrick Floersheim
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Sarah Hardenberg
Wife of Monsieur, Henrietta Stuart Wife of Monsieur, Henrietta Stuart   See fewer
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Roland Amstutz
Le frère de Molière (uncredited) Le frère de Molière (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gallois (uncredited) Gallois (uncredited)   See fewer
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Extra (uncredited) Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 696 votes