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IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Molière at the cinema: six actors who interpreted the French playwright on the big screen

“L’Avare”, “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” or “Les Fourberies de Scapin”, several plays by Molière have been adapted to the cinema. But the playwright has also been played by different actors, in first or second role. Close-up on six actors who interpreted Jean-Baptiste Poquelin on the big screen.

French comedian and playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, lives in the 17th century. A great favorite of the young King Louis XIV, he designed many shows for him and worked with the greatest choreographers and musicians of his time (including a certain Jean-Baptiste Lully). Even today, Molière’s plays are very often performed in theaters, in classical or contemporary versions. But the cinema has also taken hold of the character in various fictions. If Laurent Tirard put it at the heart of his film Moliere, Sacha Guitry only made him a secondary character in his feature film If Versailles was told to me. Let’s take a look back together at six actors who played the great playwright.

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