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Jean de La Fontaine, le défi

Jean de La Fontaine, le défi

A Feature film by Daniel Vigne

Produced by Cinétévé

Release in France : 18/04/2007


    Paris resounds with a thousand noises on this morning of September 5, 1661. Fouquet, the powerful superintendent, is arrested by order of Colbert, and young King Louis XIV takes the throne. While other artists, renouncing their friendship, rush to pay court to the new monarch, a man stands up to affirm his support for the fallen superintendent. He is the poet Jean de la Fontaine.
    The “Good Man” will be the last to remain faithful to his former patron, and will save him from a planned death. The king then gives Colbert the task of making La Fontaine yield. He cannot forgive La Fontaine for being the only artist in the land to place his art above the monarch.
    From then on, even when living in poverty, La Fontaine will never abandon his convictions. Without money, without resources, he resists, amuses himself, pirouettes, invents the “Fables,” and provocative pamphlets against a despotic and decadent regime. La Fontaine – Colbert: a confrontation that will endure until death.
    This is the first homage in film to the most popular of French authors; a modern fable about freedom of expression and the ties between art and power.

    Actors (30)

    Production and distribution (5)

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    Carrere Group

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    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

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    Rezo Films

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Fabienne Servan-Schreiber

    Adaptation :

    Jacques Forgeas

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Pierre Fayer

    Director of photography :

    Flore Thulliez

    Assistant Operators :

    Avel Corre, Jean-Marie Delorme

    Production Manager :

    Philippe Rey

    Editor :

    Thierry Simonnet

    Assistant editor :

    Pascale Alibert

    Music Composer :

    Michel Portal

    Costume designer :

    Florence Sadaune

    Assistant Director :

    Gilbert Guichardière

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jacques Forgeas

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Forgeas

    Sound recordists :

    Bruno Charrier, Thierry Lebon

    Camera Operator :

    Richard Mercier

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Michaël Morlon, Nathalie Iund

    Sound Editor :

    Frédéric Dubois

    Production Designer :

    Régis Nicolino

    Casting :

    Max Morel

    Sound Mixer :

    Thierry Lebon

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    Feature film

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    Drama, Historical

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Dolby SRD