Molière has got to be my all time favourite playwright. His wit and genius are just incomparable. So when I get the chance to talk about Molière in my classes, you can imagine that I get really excited. Today I introduced Molière using the film Molière with Romain Duris. It is so well done and I really enjoy watching this film.
Basically, it is an imaginary account of Molière’s missing years (1645-1646). No one knows what Molière did in those years, so the film imagines that his experiences during those years are what inspired him to write his plays. If you are familiar with his work, you will recognize snippets of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Tartuffe and Le Fourberies de Scapin, among others. The characters and plots of all these plays are interwoven seamlessly and Romain Duris is an excellent Molière.
Here is the trailer:
I also found a lesson plan for introducing and teaching the film. I had to modify it for my students, but overall, it has some really great ideas.