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All the Mornings of the World
Topic by: larbeck
Posted: April 27, 2003 - 12:16 PM PDT
Last Reply: May 30, 2004 - 9:15 AM PDT

author topic: All the Mornings of the World
larbeck
post #1  on April 27, 2003 - 12:16 PM PDT  
..or "TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE" in the original language, French. This is the best French film that I have ever seen. Gerard Depardieu greatest work. He plays Sainte Colombe, "the obsessive, almost mystical 17th-century baroque composer and cellist" and it follow his relationship with and his protegé, Marin Marais (played by son, Depardieu's son, Guillaume). They play an instrument called the viol - a lot like a cello but with five strings instead of four and some felts at the top of the neck. I will revel no plot points except that you must love good chamber music and sad movies.

As far as my Google searches show today, it is not yet available on DVD - I hope that will end soon. But there could be a problem. It is literally, the darkest film that I have ever seen. I mean the cinematography. To capture the look and feel of 17th century France, it appears to have been shot by candlelight. It drove a friend of mine (known for her lack of patience) crazy. Me, I would get rid of all light in my room, adjust my monitor so that black is total darkness, open a great bottle of wine and relish it.

Someday!
larbeck
post #2  on April 27, 2003 - 12:34 PM PDT  
Damn my fingers! I could have sworn that I hit "cancel" not post! Anyway...CORRECTIONS

Gerard Depardieu plays Marin Marais, NOT Sainte Colombe. Guillaume Depardieu plays Marin Marais at a young age.
Sainte Colombe is played by Jean-Pierre Marielle, who is the true star of this film (says my foggy memory - and I am a Depardieu fan). Whoopi Goldberg apparently has a small part in it but for the life of me I cannot remember. I saw in about 1993 or so.
dpowers
post #3  on April 28, 2003 - 12:27 AM PDT  
yeah i'm looking for that one. last week the SFIFF featured a recent one by the same director, fear and trembling.
stookey
post #4  on January 7, 2004 - 1:25 PM PST  
> On April 28, 2003 - 12:27 AM PDT dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> yeah i'm looking for that one. last week the SFIFF featured a recent one by the same director, fear and trembling.
> ---------------------------------

This was released on VHS from Miramax (Buena Vista), who are starting to release their foreign language titles. Coming out this month (Jan 2004) is Ridicule. Let's hope Tout Les Matins follows shortly.
Eoliano
post #5  on January 7, 2004 - 2:23 PM PST  
> Whoopi Goldberg apparently has a small part in it but for the life of me I cannot remember.

You've got to be joking!

Lovely Sainte Colombe music, and yes, Marielle steals every scene he is in.
underdog
post #6  on January 7, 2004 - 3:24 PM PST  
> On January 7, 2004 - 2:23 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Whoopi Goldberg apparently has a small part in it but for the life of me I cannot remember.
>
> You've got to be joking!
>

Yes, I think your memory is a bit faulty at laest on that point. :-) Le Whoopi is definitely not in that film. I completely agree, though, this would be a fine one on DVD (especially if they could enhance the brightness factor a notch or two, heh). I remember the soundtrack was quite wonderful, too.

I also remember giggling a little bit when seeing the coming attraction ten years ago or whatever it was, because the coming attraction had the most pretentious voice-over. (In French accent: "Weener of five French Cesar aywardz..."

But the movie was interesting. Another MIA disc indeed!

C
ziondub
post #7  on March 23, 2004 - 7:30 PM PST  
One of the best French films ever! Somewhat based on a true story, this film is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen in its treatment of music. It's a travesty this great film is not on DVD.

I cannot fathom how on earth Whoopi Goldberg could be in this film and I just checked it out on the web with negative results. This can't be true, but I'll be sure to look out for it the next time I'm in the presence of a VCR.
filmbeau
post #8  on April 6, 2004 - 9:19 PM PDT  
Yes! I saw it years ago in Puerto Rico (where I lived at the time), where foreign films are easier to find (sigh).

Excellent movie. I think it was the first time I saw Gerard Depardieu...
geodem
post #9  on May 30, 2004 - 9:15 AM PDT  
Until the DVD comes out, check out Amazon or Buy.com where the VHS can be had used for around $11 to $13. I bought mine for $12 and the quality was as good as VHS gets -- including wonderful sound showcasing the talents of one of my favorite HIP artists, Jordi Savall, who also composed much of the music for the flick. A treasure of a movie all around. Also, check out your local libraries for the title, 'cause since I purchased ATMOTW, several of them carry it.

> On April 28, 2003 - 12:27 AM PDT dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> yeah i'm looking for that one. last week the SFIFF featured a recent one by the same director, fear and trembling.
> ---------------------------------

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