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Comédie-Française 2018/2019

Theatre in cinema

Britannicus, Lucrezia, Romeo, Juliet, Cyrano, Alceste and Viola all come to life to draw you into the worlds of the great theatre classics. From passion and betrayal to murder and manipulation, the troupe of the Comédie-Française invites you to experience the most intense emotions on cinema screens. Six unmissable events, including a new production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Thomas Ostermeier, one of today's most internationally renowned directors.

Having survived a shipwreck, Viola arrives in Illyria where, to protect herself, she disguises herself as a man and takes on the name of Cesario. She then enters the service of Duke Orsino who, charmed by her, makes her his page and tasks her with transmitting his love to the Countess Olivia. But Cesario/Viola, secretly attracted to the Duke, excels so well in her mission that the Countess is swept away by her ardour.

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Thanks to the manipulations of his mother Agrippina, Nero now rules over Rome. Yet it is his half-brother Britannicus, rightful heir to the late Emperor, who should have inherited the throne. Viewing him as a threat, Nero has Britannicus' fiancée Junie kidnapped and gradually transforms into a tyrant.

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The criminal, adulterous and incestuous Lucrezia Borgia seeks to escape from the evil that is her condition, to be recognised and loved by Gennaro, the child she had with her brother. During a ball in Venice, Gennaro, who has an aversion to the Borgias, courts a beautiful masked lady before discovering, to his horror, that it is Lucrezia. Stung by the affront of Gennaro's friends who insult her, and suspected of adultery by her husband, Lucrezia sets a heartbreaking act of revenge in motion.

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In Verona, an old rivalry opposes the Capulet and Montague families. When Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall for each other, they know their love is meant to be eternal. However they already sense its tragic ending...

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Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help handsome Christian win Roxane's heart, whom he also loves...

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Alceste loves Célimène, a flirtatious woman from Parisian high society. He loathes this world for its hypocritical etiquette but, shaken by a public trial he is called to by this social circle, he must visit Célimène to ask for her help...

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