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Moliere (2007)

Romain Duris , Fabrice Luchini , Laurent Tirard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer, Ludivine Sagnier
  • Directors: Laurent Tirard
  • Writers: Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron
  • Producers: Christine De Jekel, Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YPUFBA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moliere" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of Moliere
  • Commentary with Director Laurent Tirard

Editorial Reviews

Bubbling with wit, stellar performances and lavish cinematography, Molière stars multi-Cesar®-nominated French actor Romain Duris as Molière, 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 Molière's theatrical talents might help Jourdain win the heart of a certain widowed marquise), hilarity ensues. Disguised as a priest, Molière 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 Molière 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 Molière, a delightful film that slyly captures your heart.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely exquisite film about a literary giant January 26, 2008
Format:DVD
Moliére is the cinematic equivalent of a banquet of rich French delicacies. Every aspect of this film is exquisite - from the writing and directing to the sets and costumes. The cast is amazing.

This is a fanciful biography of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Moliére, the 17th century French playwright. History tells us that a very young Moliére was tossed into debtor's prison when his theater troupe went bankrupt. After his release from prison Moliére disappeared for a period of time. After he reappeared he spent 13 years touring, practicing his craft and making his name throughout the provinces of France before he conquered Paris. The film deals with the period of Moliére's disappearance. It takes the stance that the people he met and the adventures he had during this time were the inspiration for some of the most famous comedic plays in Western literature. Much of the action presented in the film combines characters, situations and devices taken directly from Moliére's works, notably `Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and `Tartuffe.'

On the farcical side, our Moliére has been freed from debtor's prison by Monsieur Jourdain who wants Moliére to teach him to act in order that he may romantically impress a certain young widowed Marquise with a one act play he has written in her honor. Jourdain needs Moliére in his home, but he can't reveal the true reason to his wife. So Moliére is disguised as Tartuffe, a priest who will serve as tutor to the youngest Jourdain daughter. Jourdain's plans for seduction also depend on the assistance of his confidante, the impoverished nobleman, Dorante. Meanwhile, Moliére/Tartuffe is developing a romantic interest in Jourdain's wife, Elmire.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars: Leather and Lace February 17, 2008
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Director/Writer Laurent Tirard and co-writer Grégoire Vigneron have wisely decided to make this film about a short period of Moliere's (a can this actor do no wrong, Romain Duris?) life rather than attempt to make a survey film about Moliere's entire life. As such this "Moliere" sketches in the mysterious lost years of Jean Baptiste Poquelin's life and mostly to good advantage.
Physically "Moliere" is an absolutely sumptuous affair: all plush velvet and silks, shot in remarkably gorgeous saturated color. Also on the plus side is the performance of Romain Duris ("The Beat that My Heart Skipped") as Moliere as well as the Elmire Jourdain (wife of M. Jourdain who has hired Moliere to teach him the fine points of acting and seduction so that he can seduce another woman) of the perpetually sexy and sultry Laura Morente whose revealing bodice causes her husband untold consternation.
Duris plays Moliere in the grand style: artificial, over-the-top as if he were in a Moliere farce. In most movies this would be completely out of place but here it works as the writers have incorporated pieces of several Moliere plays herein and Duris merely goes with the proverbial flow. His Moliere is at turns confident, sure of himself and at others completely at odds with the world and flummoxed by pretty much everything. Duris's Moliere is a fine tuned performance: a completely controlled one full of absurdity and irony yet always human and thoughtful.
"Moliere" goes on a bit too long and Tirard's attempt to make this a Moliere farce at times falls flat but nonetheless this is a good film with better performances and without a doubt a feast for the eyes if not always for the ears.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moliere August 28, 2007
Format:DVD
This summer of movies has featured two historical romances in which two famous writers become who they are. The first movie, "Becoming Jane" is based upon the life of Jane Austen and shows her discovering her themes as a novelist as a result of a failed romance. The other movie, "Moliere" was released 2006 in France but was only recently released with English subtitles in the United States. I found it much more inspiring and entertaining than its counterpart.

The story takes place at two times in Moliere's life: when he is on the verge of his artistic sucess upon being called to the court and thirteen years earlier when, as the leader of a wandering group of comedians, he is thrown into a debtor's prision. The plot becomes elegantly tangled. Moliere is rescued from prison by a nameless French nobleman who wants his assistance in producing a play to seduce a beautiful, fickle young coquette. He is brought into the house in the guise of a priest named "Tartuffe" and immediately arouses the suspicion of the nobleman's wife. The wife becomes attracted to the much younger Moliere when she chances upon some writing he has done for her husband, and, yes, the two begin an affair. Meanwhile Moliere rescuses his rescuer from a conniving neighbor who takes his money, has designs upon his son as a wife for his daughter, and tries to foist his own attentions on the lovely coquette. Moliere's cleverness thwarts these attempts, while Moliere also seeks forgiveness for cuckolding his benefactor. The benefactor shows a great deal of character development from an fop and a seducer to one who realizes the error of his ways.

But the highlight of the plot is they way the experience, and his relationship with the Countess, influences Moliere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't mind subtitles
If you're interested in sweet romance, comedy, and a moralistic movie about love, faithfulness, constancy, consequences, and where it can lead...this new for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by melmac
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
I have watched this film twice and enjoyed it both times, one expects French films to be obsessed with sex and in its jolly way this makes us smile at our vanities.
Published 2 months ago by Tony Wolfenden
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance at its most irrestisible
Heard of Moliere? Wonder what it's all about? This is Moliere's inspiration for his enduring success. Watch this visual, imaginative missing bio of Moliere's life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more than a costume drama
I bought this DVD because I was looking for costume dramas set in this period. The costumes and sets ARE gorgeous, but they absolutely take second place to the story and acting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Steele Agosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb costume drama about the great playwright as a young man
This costume drama is great fun. It's in French but has good subtitles and putting them on is easy. The writers have imagined what Moliere was up to during a time period when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
With the exception of a few scenes that are inappropriate for children, this is a good movie for the purpose I bought it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cami Borza
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Movie about the Man who Wrote Tartuffe!!!
Unquestionably, this is one of my favorite movies: well acted, well conceived and executed! I've watched it repeatedly already, and plan to do so many more times!
Published 3 months ago by C. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!
Don't expect a biography of Moliere. Instead, this is a story based on his life, while it is also a portrayal of some of his most well-known comedy characters as they interact... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A.S. Hansen
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not a movie written by Moliere, it's about him. And more silly...
I know something about royalty. My first name, 'Roy', in French 'Roi' means King; like 'Royalty

If you want to try Moliere's real work, try 'Tartuffe'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roy Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A great take on Moliere's 'lost years'
Loved the movie - funny, interesting, and intriguing. I found the 'filming of' very interesting -- enough so that I ended up web searching to find out more about Moliere and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christine Coburn
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