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The Warrior, the Reader, the Writer: Fantasy Figures in French Period Film
Beaumarchais, l’insolent

December 1 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Pierre Beaumarchais lived an extravagant life as a writer who also dabbled in music, politics, horticulture, and even watchmaking, but his fame is based on his comedies The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Adapted from a play by Sacha Guitry, Beaumarchais, l’insolent portrays him as a character who wangles his way into the capricious court of Louis XV. “One of the virtues of Molinaro’s film is that it dramatizes the lighter sides of its hero without losing sight of the serious” — Thomas E. Kaiser. (Édouard Molinaro, 1996, 35mm, subtitles, 96 minutes)

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