Filmmaker Alain Corneau occupies a unique place in French cinema. By himself,
he embodies the main genres of cinema: films noirs, detective stories, musicals,
adventure films and comedies. For this reason, the French Ministry of Foreign
Affairs is screening 6 of his films through the Alliances Francaises in India.
This festival is being organized jointly by the Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad
and the Hyderabad Film Club.
Story in brief: In the 17th century, after the death of his dearly beloved
wife, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, a moralist who has retired to the country, takes
refuge in music. With his daughters Madeleine and Toinette, he gives viola de
gamba concerts that attract the nobility. Yet, he refuses an offer to go to Versailles
and rejoin the king's court, and reluctantly accepts young Marin Marais as a pupil.
Very gifted, but with a more brilliant concept of music, Marais becomes Madeleine's lover, and then abandons her to go to court. Madeleine commits suicide. Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe withdraws even further into solitude. However, before he dies, he is reconciled with Marin Marais.
Direction: Alain Corneau
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