Introducing Molière

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 GentilhommeTartuffe 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.

I’ll be finishing the film tomorrow and giving my students some more worksheets to do some research on Molière’s actual life and also on l’Ancien Régime.


About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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