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The Libertine

The Libertine

A Feature film by Gabriel Aghion

Produced by Bel'Ombre Films

Release in France : 15/03/2000


    France, late 18th Century The State, in alliance with the Church, has forbidden the publication and distribution of Diderot's Encyclopedia Meanwhile, the author and his family are hiding with some friends at Baron d'Holobach's château, overseeing undergroound printing of his work. As he struggles with the "Morality" chapter of the illicit Encyclopedia, Diderot…. His mistresses, his suspicions wife and his daughter's sensual explorations. The arrival of beautiful, mysterious Madame Therbouche, closely followed by that of Baron d'Holbach's senten… brother, the Cardinal, do nothing to simplify this lascivious community's life. Or Diderot's, for that matter….

    Actors (17)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Bel'Ombre Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio

    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, Josy Films

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

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    I’d always dreamed of doing a costume film. I briefly appeared in Gérard Jugnot’s “Without Fear or Blame” (1988), but it was just a walk-on part. It’s funny, because when we were shooting “Fils de français,” Fanny Ardant told me she couldn’t understand why I was never offered the role of an aristocrat. She had a premonition, maybe. After always having been cast as working-class, thanks to Gabriel Aghion I suddenly found myself projected into the character of Baroness d’Holbach. And what a character! She’s totally unconventional. Hidebound, she certainly isn’t! Gabriel and I fleshed out the character together, sometimes right there on the set. For instance, in the film I sing alittle song which we improvised just ten minutes earlier, to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” It had us in stitches! That’s what I love about making movies: having that liberty and lightness. Josiane Balasko, actress (from an interview in Unifrance Newsletter No. 22)

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Gaspard de Chavagnac

    Author of original work :

    Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Screenwriters :

    Gabriel Aghion, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Sound recordist :

    Brigitte Taillandier

    Camera Operator :

    Germain Desmoulins

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Art Director :

    Hervé Babaud

    Costume designer :

    Olivier Bériot

    Sound mixers :

    Guillaume Leriche, Jacques Thomas-Gérard

    Assistant directors :

    Thomas Tréfouël, Yann Cuinet

    Associate Producer :

    Pascal Houzelot

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    Assistant Operator :

    Renaud Chassaing

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Lancelot

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Production Designer :

    Dan Weil

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    Sales Agent :

    Patrick Binet

    Still Photographer :

    Arnaud Borrel

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (6)

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)


    Films selected

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 2000

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 2000)


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    Madrid French Film Mostra - 2000

    Madrid French Film Mostra (Spain, 2000)

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