Sunday, August 10, 2008

Moliere

Watched a terrific film last night, Moliere, directed by Laurent Tirard in 2007. Very, very funny, with Fabrice Luchini, as M. Jourdain, particularly good. Only the French could do slapstick and make it work.

What I particularly liked was the understated acting. They just allowed the situation and the dialogue to do the work, with restrained gestures and expressions. You fear that if Hollywood were to remake this, it would have Robin Williams mugging it up in the M. Jourdain role, while the Moliere character has similarities to Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow, but without the hysterical overacting.

Great stuff, highly recommended.

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