Marquise (movie)

Marquise is a French film of Vera Belmont released in 1997 .


In Lyons , Marquise-Thérèse de Gorla , a young dancer, prostitute on occasion by her father, attracts the attention of Molière . One of the actors of the troupe, Du Parc dit Gros-René, immediately falls under his spell and marries her. Under the name of Miss Du Parc, she joined Molière’s troupe and down France. But during her first performance, she remains silent. From then on, Molière will not give him any role.

However, while she dances to distract the audience during an intermission, she is noticed by Monsieur, brother of the King who then ordered a comedy-ballet for his brother, Louis XIV .

Molière still refusing to give her any text, she fled. His meeting with the playwright Jean Racine will change everything: she finally agrees to dance in front of the king who will be dazzled too. Racine, fallen in love, wrote him a piece: Andromache 1 .

Technical sheet

  • Title: Marquise
  • Director: Vera Belmont
  • Scenario: Marcel Beaulieu , Jean-François Josselin and Vera Belmont
  • Dialogues: Gérard Mordillat
  • Sets: Gianni Quaranta
  • Costumes: Olga Berluti , Carlo Poggioli
  • Photography: Jean-Marie Dreujou
  • Music: Jordi Savall
  • Production: Vera Belmont
  • Production Companies: Mediterranean Film Rental Agency , Stéphan Films , France 3 Cinema ( France ), 3Emme ( Italy ), Alhena ( Switzerland )
  • Country of origin: France
  • Genre: Drama
  • Format: Color – 35 mm – 1.85: 1 – Dolby sound
  • Duration: 136 minutes
  • Release dates: France : ; Quebec :


  • Sophie Marceau : Marquise
  • Lambert Wilson : Racine
  • Bernard Giraudeau : Molière
  • Patrick Timsit : From the Park
  • Thierry Lhermitte : Louis XIV
  • Anemone : The Neighbor
  • Remo Girone : Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Georges Wilson : Floridor
  • Franck of the Person : Philippe d’Orléans “Monsieur”
  • Marianne Basler : Madame
  • Estelle Skornik : Marie
  • Victoria Peña : Maria Theresa of Austria
  • Christine Joly : Madeleine
  • Olivier Achard : Monsieur de Saint-Loup
  • Patrice Melennec : Giacomo de Gorla, father of Marquise
  • Beatrice Palme: Genevieve
  • Francisco Casares : Gorgibus
  • Guillermo Antón: Charles
  • Eric Boucher: Brécourt
  • Stéphane Boucher : Louis Béjart
  • Jacques Pater :
  • Massimo Pittarello :
  • Simón Andreu: The Abbot of Cosnac
  • Anne-Marie Philipe : Catherine de Brie
  • Carlotta Jazzetti : The girl
  • Romina Mondello : Armande
  • Milaura Allegrini :
  • Eve Bitoun :
  • Antonio Cantafora :
  • Ginevra Colonna :
  • Alexia Murray :
  • Francesca DeRose :
  • Flaminia Fegarotti :
  • Daniele Ferretti :
  • Paolo Fosso:
  • Sara Franchetti : Marquise’s mother
  • Emanuela Garuccio :
  • Micaela Giustiniani :
  • Luciano Luminelli :
  • Luggi Marturano :
  • Emanuela Murari : Miss (uncredited)
  • Sonia Aquino :
  • Louis Per Bruno : Marquis Leroy (aka Pierre Arkansas)
  • Gérard Moulévrier :



Marquise was filmed largely in the studios of Cinecittà , Rome , and in nearby towns in Italy :

  • Sabbonieta : Teatro Antico and Gallery of the Ducal Palace
  • Mantua : Teatro Scientifico , Arrivabene Palace and Ducal Palace
  • Bologna : Villa Mazzacorati
  • Caprarola : Palazzo Farnese
  • Narni : Piazza dei Priori , Via del Campanile

Several scenes were also shot at the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte . Nearly 5,000 extras appear in the film.

Home and controversy

A few days before its release, Sophie Marceau rejects the film: “This shoot was a hell. I have kept one of the worst memories of my life. I absolutely did not get along with Vera Belmont […]. Honestly, I do not want to defend film 2 . ” ” His staging seemed absurd 3 . ”

For Vera Belmont , ” Sophie Marceau does this at the end of all her films, with all her directors. She loves me one day, the next day she hates me. I do not think she likes being run by a woman. It would almost be necessary to make a film, a psychoanalysis on the baby-stars, who never left the bosom of cinema, who do not realize the real life that is around them. She saw Marquise much smaller bourgeois than I imagined. This is the kind of actress, when you disturb her in what she decided to do on the set, she hates you 4 . ”

With a significant budget (70 million francs), his score at the box office was disappointing 9619 entries in 47 rooms, is the th place for the first day of operations in Paris .

Analysis of the film

The film is a free inspiration of the Marquise Du Parc life ( 1633 – 1668 ), actress of the xvii th century 5 . The subject had never been brought to the screen, even though the character appears in Ariane Mnouchkine’s film entitled Molière (played by Lucia Bensasson). It tells the great rise of a woman, all the more astonishing for the time, but also traces the history of the theater with its rivalries between authors and actors, with in the background, a capricious king who has fun with the heart stories of his subjects.

Object of men, tossed between the contagious madness of Molière and the complexity of Racine shared between ambition and religion, Marquise finds her freedom in death. “Marquise was a girl her parents sold, half prostitute, half fair dancer. One day she was lucky. It must be said that she was particularly beautiful. ” 6 This vision of the character actually a feminist film, like the previous films Vera Belmont : Milena and Red Kiss . [ref. necessary]

“I was looking for a film to do with Sophie Marceau and [Jean-François Josselin] told me:” Listen, I know a story that will interest you, it’s the true story of Marquise Du Parc and Sophie Marceau could very well do that. ” 7 ” the director does not like to make a boring movie history: “If it is to have only historical images we see in museums, we see everywhere, n ‘is not worth it’ 7 . Similarly, she favors the psychology of the characters in their physical resemblance to their model: “I did not look for the physical resemblance on Racine , nor on Molière , nor Gros-RenéBut I thought it was coming from inside 7 ” .

Around the film

  • The actors wear wigs “in natural hair” and the actors had to repeat in costume so that they appear more worn.
  • Decorator Gianni Quaranta had Murano stemmed glasses made for a single banquet scene.

External link

  • (in) Marquise [ archive ] on the Internet Movie Database

Notes and references

  1. ↑ (de) Marquise ”  [ archive ] , on
  2. ↑ Le Parisien , 21 August 1997.
  3. ↑ Télérama , August 21, 1997.
  4. ↑ Interview on France Inter
  5. ↑ Among other differences, Marquise Du Parc has played well in reality Molière’s troupe and died in childbirth.
  6. ↑ Vera Belmont in an AFP dispatch of 14 August 1997.
  7. ↑ a , b and c DVD audio feedback

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