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Ariane Mnouchkine: La Mort de Molière

This is an amazing scene from the film that Ariane Mnouchkine wrote and directed in 1978. She was nominated for Best Director for La Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival.

This is the CD cover.

The film won the Cesar for: Best Cinematography (Meilleure photographie): Bernard Zitzermann

and Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors): Guy-Claude François

It was nominated at the Cesar for:

Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur): Ariane Mnouchkine

Best Film (Meilleur film): Ariane Mnouchkine and

Best Sound (Meilleur son): Alix Comte

Mnouchkine is a strong believer in the collaborative process of theatre. She builds her work with her company Théâtre du Soleil and she believes that “the director has already achieved the greatest degree of power he has ever had in history. And our aim is to move beyond that situation by creating a form of theatre where it will be possible for everyone to collaborate without there being directors, technicians, and so on, in the old sense.” She and her company develop their works using many techniques. Sometimes, the troupe develops ideas out of improvisational exercises. They also incorporate multiple styles of theatre in their work - ranging from commedia dell’arte to various Asian theatre traditions.

While mainly a Stage Director, Ariane Mnouchkine has been involved also in film. Her movie 1789 (filmed from the live production) about the French Revolution, brought her international fame in 1974. In 1978 she wrote and directed Molière, a biography of the famous French playwright.



May 1st, 2008 Posted by Papo | Film, Theatre | one comment

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  1. I loved this film. It’s breath taking.

    Comment by Fernando | May 2, 2008

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