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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


    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...

    Actors (42)

    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 Artistes Associés

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    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 :

    Élie 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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Runtime :

    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 Director : Ariane Mnouchkine

    Best Sound : Alix Comte

    Best Film

    Best Production Design : Guy-Claude François

    Best Cinematography : Bernard Zitzermann

    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 Cinematography : Bernard Zitzermann

    César Award for Best Production Design : Guy-Claude François