New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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BEAUMARCHAIS, L'INSOLENT (Beaumarchais, The Scoundrel)

October 8, 1999 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(French, 1996, 116 minutes, color, 35 mm)
Directed by Edouard Molinaro
Starring Fabrice Luchini, Manuel Blanc, Sandrine Kiberlain
In French with English subtitles

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Vivacious history, gorgeous visuals, and savvy social critiques abound in this film about the pre-French Revolution gadfly Beaumarchais, a watchmaker's son turned playwright who finagled his way into the royal court. The highly entertaining film portrays Beaumarchais as a popular hero of his time and delves into his many adventures with the flighty, powdery court of Louis XV.

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