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A Feature film by Ariane Mnouchkine

Produced by Les Films du Soleil et de la Nuit, Les Films 13

Release in France : 30/08/1978

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Actors (41)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Les Films du Soleil et de la Nuit, Les Films 13

Film exports/foreign sales :

Les Films 26

Co-productions :

France 2 Cinéma, Rai Cinema

French distribution :

Les Productions Artistes Associés

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TV broadcasts: details by country


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...

Full credits (16)

Executive Producer :

Claude Lelouch

Screenwriter :

Ariane Mnouchkine

Director of Photography :

Bernard Zitzermann

Sound assistants :

Jean Duguet, Jacques Pibarot

Camera Operator :

Jean-Paul Meurisse

Editors :

Françoise Javet, Georges Klotz

Production Designers :

Guy-Claude François, Christian Siret, Nikos Meletopoulos

Foley artist :

Jean-Pierre Lelong

Assistant Director :

Elie Chouraqui

Co-producer :

Ariane Mnouchkine

Sound recordist :

Alix Comte

Assistant Operators :

Gérard Stérin, Eduardo Serra

Production manager :

Nicole Carmet

Assistant editors :

Anne Boissel, Laure Budin, Nadine Muse

Music Composer :

René Clemencic

Costume designer :

Daniel Ogier

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Feature film

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4 h 20 min

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Posters (2)


Festival Selections (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1979

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1979)

Selection (5)

Best Sound : Alix Comte

Best Production Design : Guy-Claude François

Best Cinematography : Bernard Zitzermann

Best Director : Ariane Mnouchkine

Best Film

Cannes International Film Festival - 1978

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1978)


Official Competition


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1979

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1979)

Awards (2)

César Award for Best Production Design : Guy-Claude François

César Award for Best Cinematography : Bernard Zitzermann