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Tous les Matins du Monde
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In the dazzling tradition of Amadeus, Tous les Matins du Monde is a seductive tale of music and passion set in provocative 17th century France. Academy Award® nominee Gérard Depardieu (Best Actor Cyrano de Bergerac) stars in a fascinating story filled with romance, lust, desire, devotion, revenge and intrigue. A reclusive composer and his two beautiful daughters lives are forever changed by a flamboyant young student who enters their lives. See for yourself why critics and audiences alike are applauding this magnificent film and celebrated winner of 7 César Awards including Best Picture!
Background on the Film The film is the result of the collaboration between novelist Pascal Quignard, director Alain Corneau and musician Jordi Savall who wanted to do a film on music. Quignard wrote and adapted the book to a screenplay.
The film was a phenomenal success and sold 2 million tickets in the first year and was distributed in 31 countries. The soundtrack was certified platinum (500,000 copies) and made Jordi Savall an international star.
- Documentary feature Jordi Savall: In Search of the Perfect Sound
- Interviews with director Alain Corneau, actor Jean-Pierre Marielle and composer/conductor Jordi Savall
- Making of Featurette
- Cesar Awards Footage
- Original French Theatrical Trailer
- Commemorative 8 Page Booklet
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Back when the local Alliance Française presented this movie and I was the presenter, I did some research. De Sainte Colombe had a son as well, and all three children were excellent viola da gamba players. The ending presented in the movie is now how things ended according to history. Still, I really like the music and the story is good. If you get this, be sure to watch the bonus disk for more on Jordi Savall and the viola da gamba. Savall was responsible for the film's music. An interview on the bonus disk mentioned that Guillaume Depardieu actually played the viola da gamba, so his fingerings probably matched the notes that Savall actually played.
I appreciated the film's portrayal of the contrast between Sainte-Colombe's total dedication to his 'voice' and muse, and Lully's realization that his position, popularity and prestige at court had caused him to sell out his talents and dedication.
The two viewpoints are interconnected when the young Marin Marias enters the lives of Sainte Colombe and his two daughters. The family had been in perpetual mourning for the death of Mrs. Sainte Colombe, with the father retiring into a garden hut to commune with his music and ghostly visitations from his dead wife. The daughters were left to fend for themselves, and the appearance of a young man sparks their interest. After initially refusing to take him in as a student, he relents to his daughters. One thing leads to another, and after using both the hospitality of Sainte Colombe, and leaving his elderly daughter broken and ruined, Marin Marais gets what he wants which is a position as musician in the king's court.
But all of the fame, fortune and glamour cannot satisfy him, so he returns to search out his old teacher, to find the great secret meaning of music. The master asks him what music means, and Marin guesses again and again without finding the answer. Finally he gives up and has a final lesson (first lesson from Master Sainte Colombe's point of view). And he has learned that music goes beyond words, and into a realm beyond touching death and man's temporary existence.
The second disc contains a wonderful documentary of Jordi Savall, the viol soloist who plays for the soundtrack of the film. It is 45 minutes, including interviews, performances, and explanations of how the viol da gamba captures the heartstrings of musically sensitive people. The two disc collection is well worth the price, as learning about music and the search for perfect sound to express that which cannot be done with words is a priceless educational process.