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THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
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Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 8:15 PM (WH)
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THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

DIRECTOR: Bertrand Tavernier - FRANCE

When the ravishing Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry) is betrothed to the Prince of Montpensier (Lambert Wilson), a fateful chain reaction commences. Whisked away to the Montpensiers’ castle, she is entrusted to the Count of Chabannes, the prince’s confidante and a tormented deserter, whose task is to educate her on everything from penmanship to astronomy. But as she struggles to adjust to her new life, she becomes ensnared in a passionate struggle of jealousies and desires between her husband’s suspicions, the still-burning ardor of her beloved Duke of Guise, and the flirtations of the roguish Duke of Anjou. Set against the devastation of France’s Catholic-Protestant Wars and shot on location amidst medieval chateaus and rustic hamlets, this lush, unsentimental take on the historical romance takes a clear-eyed look at the intersection of duty, passion, and power in the 16th century. (139 mins.)

Selected Filmography: The Clockmaker (74), Sunday in the Country (84), Round Midnight (86), Daddy Nostalgia (90), Holy Lola (04).

Sponsored by TV5Monde, and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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Interests: Narrative Feature, French Language, History, Literature.

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