Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Sainte Colombe fires his young disciple Marais despite his considerable talent. Colombe states in essence that Marais' astounding techinical expertise aside that there is no music in what he plays. Marais goes on to become court musician but still yearns to learn from the master.
This incredible story was filmed with precision and artistry. Each scene looks looks like a renaissance painting. The story is sad and haunting--clearly many of the characters are clinically depressed. Yet somehow this film conveys an unearthly beauty and dedication to art that is inspiring.
In addition the music is a wonderful discovery. Having never heard these composers it is a joy to be exposed to these plaintive complex melodies.
The plot, which is set primarily in the middle years of the 17th century in France (1640-1670), involves the interrelationship between the familiy of Monsieur de St. Colombe, a great, but reclusive virtuoso on the viola da gamba, his two daughters, and Marin Marais, St. Colombe's pupil who becomes a successful player and composer on the viola da gamba.
The great contrast is between St.Colombe's intensely passionate interior life (his "vie passione") and Marais' superficial one. St.Colombe's intense love for music and grief for his dead wife excludes everything else, even his own daughters. Marais is unable to love anything or anyone deeply enough and uses both Madeleine de St.Colombe and music to suit his own selfish ends. He is cold rather than passionate. Yet, at the end, his goals achieved, he finds the rewards of being cool so empty that he must return to St.Colombe where he, at last, begins to explore the depths of feeling which attracted him to music in the first place. He eventually breaks through to this depth enough to merit the approval of his master's ghost.
Given the film's meditative themes of love, grief, loneliness and the damage of ambition and it's rather brooding quality it isn't for everyone. The subtitles often are superficial, especially when dealing with matters of 17th century French politics and religion (translating every mention of the Jansenist circle at Port-Royal as "the reformists" for example). However, the film looks and feels right to this Baroque art historian and amateur musician. As an exploration of the intensity which humans are capable of expressing it is a masterpiece.
St. Columbo (his first name is unknown) is an extremely dark and complex person, "all passion and rage yet mute as a fish". When his beautiful young wife dies unexpectedly he retreats from the world, devoting his life to his instrument and his art. Although recognized as the finest gambist in France, he becomes a recluse, defying even the king's order to play at the royal court.
What is the meaning of music? Is it to impress one's rivals? To entertain? For gold? No, says the master, none of these. And one who makes music is not necessarily a musician. The young Marais, who has become his student, struggles to fathom its meaning. . Great attention is paid to details and authenticity. The viewer is given glimpses of the lavish court of France in the 1700's, the decadence of the privileged, and immersed in a sound track of Marais' exquisite French baroque music performed by virtuoso players.
There is a love interest between Marais and Columbo's eldest daughter (also an accomplished gambist), which, although almost incidental to the plot, allows the film to be billed as a passionate love story. Other than a few graphic moments, however, All the Mornings of the World is a story of the love of music, rather than carnal love
All the Mornings is a must-see for people with artistic inclinations. Those who love baroque music (1600-1750) will definitely want to order this film. And if you should happen to play the viola da gamba you have no choice but to purchase it (sheet music for much of the sound track is available in a collection from the Boulder Early Music Shop, if you feel adventuresome).
For the esoteric viewer, All the Mornings rates five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cinematography and music performances make this heart breakingly good.
I appreciated the film's portrayal of the contrast between Sainte-Colombe's total dedication... Read more
The most beautiful film about the essence of music that I have ever seen. What a joy, although it is also a very sad story. Jordi Savall's playing was truly divine.Published 4 months ago by E.D.
If you love early baroque and the gamba you already know about this movie anyway - but it really is good even if you don't. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frances
Brilliant portrayal of the heartache a protege faces when shadowed by the creative brilliance of the true artist.Published 13 months ago by w
The movie is very cool, the soundtrack is ok, I prefer the late Sophie Wattillon's playing to Savall's.Published 15 months ago by Joe D. Bonner
A beautifully filmed depiction of the clash between those truly devoted to the muse of music and those who use her to their best advantage without devotion. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dorothea Brady
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