In 1658, playwright/actor Molière, having been given a theater in the capital by the King, is back in Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his company of players. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother… Thirteen years earlier, Molière already runs a troupe but goes broke and is thrown to prison. Fortunately (?) his debt is covered by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who wants him to help him rehearse a one-act play he has written with a view to seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimène. As Jourdain is married to Elmire, and is the “respectable” father of two daughters his design must remain secret so Molière is introduced into the house as Tartuffe, an austere priest… —IMDb
Laurent Tirard is a French film director and screenwriter. Laurent Tirard grew up admiring American films, such as those by Steven Spielberg. He studied film making at New York University, worked as a script reader for Warner Bros. studios, then became a journalist and worked for the French film magazine Studio for six years.
There, he conducted a series of interviews on film making which have been published as a book under the title Moviemakers’ Mister Class: Private Lessons from the World’s Foremost Directors. From Woody Allen to David Cronenberg, the Coen brothers to Lars Von Trier, all flam directors run up against the same essential concerns: how to direct actors, for example, or whether to pre-plan camera angles. In interviewing these and 16 other notable filmmakers, Tirard found notable affinities between seemingly dissimilar directors. The book has also been published in France, Canada, England, Italy, Spain and Brazil.
In 1997, he left the magazine and began writing… read more