Beaumarchais the Scoundrel
Beaumarchais the Scoundrel ★★½ Beaumarchais L'Insolent 1996
Adapted from an unpublished play by Sacha Guitry. Beautifully filmed romp of the social-climbing and political-spying gadfly Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Molinaro has simplified the fantastic life of the 18thcentury dramatist, courtier, and watchmaker to Louis XV (and author of the comic masterpieces “The Barber of Seville” and “The Marriage of Figaro”) but the result is still dizzying. French with subtitles. 100m/C VHS . FR Fabrice Luchini, Jacques Weber, Michel Piccoli, Claire Nebout, Jean-Francois Balmer, Florence Thomassin, Michel Serrault, Dominique Besnehard, Jean-Claude Brialy, Murray Head, Jeff Nuttal, Jean Yanne, Manuel Blanc, Sandrine Kiberlain, Axelle Laffont; D: Edouard Molinaro; W: Edouard Molinaro, Jean-Claude Brisville; C: Michael Epp; M: Jean-Claude Petit.