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Marquise (1997)





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This lush, detailed costume drama contains elements of comedy and tragedy as it recounts the life of the beautiful Marquise, a 17th-century peasant girl who became one of the most popular dancers and actresses of her time and whose lovers included some of her country's brightest lights.

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Patrick Timsit
as Gros René
as La Voisin
Remo Girone
as Jean-Baptiste Lully
Anne-Marie Philipe
as Catherine de Brie
Christine Joly
as Madeleine Béjart
Beatrice Palme
as Geneviève
Eric Boucher
as Brécourt
Stéphane Boucher
as Louis Béjart
Patrice Melennec
as Marquise's Father
Simón Andreu
as Abbot of Cosnac
Vicky Peña
as la Reine
Sara Franchetti
as Marquise's Mother
Emanuela Murari
as Mademoiselle
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Sumptuous, sensuous, and some playful naughtiness in this vibrant tale of a traveling theatrical troupe in 1660s France. If she wasn't already a longtime star, this would be considered a star-making type of role for Sophie Marceau who completely captivates as Marquise du Parc, a real historical figure who rose to fame as an actress coveted by playwrights Moliere and Racine as well as Louis XIV himself. Not only is she naturally gorgeous but she fills Marquise with a stubborn fire and passion for acting that electrifies in one of the best performances of her career, gets to show off her nimble and seductive dancing skills, and all the while crammed into a breast ballooning corset. The supporting cast is superb, especially Bernard Giraudeau as a wearying yet quick-witted Moliere and Thierry Lhermitte as the pompous Sun King. Everything in the production is first rate, from the costumes, the Italian locations plus a stop at Versailles, and the rich period music. Best of all is the script brimming with witty one-liners and racy reproaches, this is in fact a boisterous comedy laced with untimely tragedy providing a real feast for the senses and emotions. Puts the overrated "Shakespeare In Love" to shame in every respect, and oh yeah, this one came out a year earlier.

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