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Que la Fête Commence (1970)

Original Title : Que la fête commence...
Director : Bertrand Tavernier
Writer : Jean Aurenche
Bertrand Tavernier
Genre : History
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Yves Robert , Michelle de Broca
Music : Antoine Duhamel
Philippe d' Orléans
Photography : Pierre-William Glenn
Distributor : Specialty Films
IMDB ID : 0072053
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Que la Fête Commence (1970) - Bertrand Tavernier
 

Starring

Philippe Noiret Philippe d'Orléans, le Régent
Jean Rochefort L'abbé Dubois
Jean-Pierre Marielle Le marquis de Pontcallec
Christine Pascal Emilie
Alfred Adam Villeroi
Jean-Roger Caussimon Le cardinal
Gérard Desarthe Le duc de Bourbon/Duke of Bourbon
Michel Beaune Le capitaine La Griollais
Monique Chaumette La gouvernante de Pontcallec
François Dyrek Montlouis
Jean-Paul Farré Le père Burdo
Nicole Garcia La Fillon
Raymond Girard Chirac
Jacques Hilling L'abbé Gratellard
Bernard La Jarrige Amaury de Lambilly
Monique Lejeune Madame de Sabran
Georges Riquier Brunet d'Ivry
Brigitte Roüan La prostituée
Andrée Tainsy La religieuse
Marina Vlady Madame de Parabère
Jean Amos L'officier de police
Roland Amstutz Le cocher du Régent
Gilbert Bahon Le cocher du fiacre
Bruno Balp Le valet Lebanc
Michel Berto L'abbé de Louis XV
Richard Bigotini Le voisin de l'auberge
Michel Blanc Le valet de chambre de Louis XV
Stéphane Bouy Nocé
Liza Braconnier La servante de Louis XV
Agnès Château La paysanne de l'accident
Philippe Chauveau Le témoin de l'auberge
Christian Clavier Le valet de l'auberge/Pickpocket
Yvon Cousquer Le mirebalai
Yves Elliot Un paysan breton
Pierre Forget Le jésuite 'iroquois'
Claude Furlan L'ouvrier de l'auberge
Guy Gerbaud Le moine de la prison de Nantes
Gilles Guillot Le diacre de l'hospice
Maurice Jacquemont Le prêtre qui initie Dubois
Yvon Lec Le curé de la procession
Jacques Lelut Le premier bandoulier
Jean Le Mouël Hélène de Lambilly
Thierry Lhermitte le comte de Horn/Count of Horn
Eric Lorvoire Un complice de Horn
Bertrand Migeat Le second bandoulier
Pierre Moncorbier L'abbé Fleury
René Morard Le colporteur
Jean-Jacques Moreau Un paysan
Jean-Luc Moreau Séverine, la filleule du Régent
Gerard Pichon Le boulanger
Bernard Pierrot Le chef musicien
Jean-Paul Poirier Le dormeur
Jacky Pratoussy Un laquais (as Jacques Pratoussi
Colette Proust La voyante
Patrick Raynal Un laquais
Blanche Rayne La femme de Pontcallec
Jean Rougerie Talhouet
Marie-Jo Simenon La novice
Anthony Stuart L'ambassadeur Stairs
Jean Turlier Le curé de l'hospice
François Valorbe De Rochefort
Jacques Van Dooren Le suisse au nez d'argent
Hélène Vincent Madame de Saint-Simon
Michael Powell Law (scenes deleted
Marcel Dalio Le noble suffocant au repas (uncredited
Sophie Jany La petite fille, future prostituée (uncredited
Gérard Jugnot Footman (uncredited
 

Plot

France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion lead by a Breton squire (Pontallec) and of the famine to become archbishop... Description of the life of the court in this period of transition where the French Revolution smoulders.
 

Comments

Very accurate historical movie, 8 January 2004 Author: jos-destrooper from Belgium It is unbelievable how the director Tavernier could recapture the mentality of this beginning of the 18th century which would lead to the French revolution. The wars of Louis XIV had ruined the country and the best thing the regent (an excellent Philippe Noiret but all the actors are excellent) could do was to avoid war, so they spend their time with feasts, manipulation, fraud and speculation. The mentality of the Noble of France is well described. There is (among others) an interesting dialogue between the regent and his nephew about the way the comte de Horn should be executed: it had never happened before (in this way: rouer) in France, and he only killed a speculator!. All those pretty details and the funny but accurate dialogues make of -this movie an unique historical document and at the same time it is a pleasure to see the movie again and again.