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great comedy

on 6/24/2008

Wonderful plot with lots of laughs. Along he lines of shakespeare in love.

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Bubbling with wit, stellar performances and lavish cinematography, Moliere stars multi-Cesar-nominated French actor Romain Duris as Moliere, a down-and-out actor-cum-playwright up to his ears in debt. When the wealthy Jourdain (Cesar-winner Fabrice Luchini) offers to cover that debt (so that Moliere's theatrical talents might help Jourdain win the heart of a certain widowed marquise), hilarity ensues. Disguised as a priest, Moliere becomes a guest in Jourdain's palace on the pretext of teaching Jourdain the craft of the stage, which annoys his wife, Elmire. But, soon after, the confrontation between Elmire and Moliere turns seductive. Too busy to notice, Jourdain enlists the aid of a well connected and scheming acquaintance, to help him pursue the young widow. Romantic yearning, human foibles and laughs galore all characterize Moliere, a delightful film that slyly captures your heart.


Studio Sony
SKU 206226497
UPC 043396214651
UPC 14 00043396214651
Format DVD
Release Date 8/26/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Duris,Romain
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Cast & Crew
Christine De Jekel - Executive Producer
Edouard Baer - Actor
Fabrice Luchini - Actor
Francoise Dupertuis - Production Designer
Frederic Talgorn - Original Music By
Gilles Henry - Cinematographer
Gregoire Vigneron - Writer
Laura Morante - Actor
Laurent Tirard - Director
Laurent Tirard - Writer
Olivier Delbosc - Producer
Romain Duris - Actor
Valerie Deseine - Editor
Review By turns elegant and earthy, Laurent Tirard's Moliere is a buoyantly witty and wise seriocomic gem, blending fact and speculation to sparkling effect. Tirard's follow-up to his 2004 directorial debut, The Story of My Life, avoids the narrative pitfalls of the conventional biopic to craft an ingenious and unexpectedly moving portrait of the 17th century satirist, similar in theme and spirit to Shakespeare in Love (1998). Leaving all trace of his surly performance in The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) behind, rising French star Romain Duris proves himself to be a nimble farceur in the title role of Tirard's film, a sophisticated tonic for viewers weary of special effects-driven sequels and crass slapstick comedies...Moliere belongs to Duris, who throws himself, often literally, into the demanding role with disarming abandon. While he's no stranger to comedy (L'Auberge Espagnole), Duris gives a superb, full-bodied performance that's nothing short of a revelation in Moliere, one of the year's best films to date.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Duris,Romain
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.
Bernard Besserglik, The Hollywood Reporter Witty, enjoyable costume drama imagines formative episode in life of French comedy giant.

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