Lucrèce Borgia / Lucrezia Borgia · Comédie Française

Lucrèce Borgia / Lucrezia Borgia · Comédie Française

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Saturday, October 12 at 12:00 p.m.
$6 Members · $12 Non-Members
164 N. State Street

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Lucrèce Borgia / Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo (France, 1833, 145 min.), directed by Denis Podalydès

In French with English subtitles.

Our first of two rendez-vous with la Comédie française, bringing timeless theater and enthralling stories to the cinema!  From passion and betrayal to mistaken identities, deception and stratagems... embark on a journey through the great classics of theatre on the big screen.

Famous for her beauty, Lucretia Borgia is associated nowadays with murder and incest. This ruthless femme fatale’s name struck horror in the hearts of all around her. 

The play by Victor Hugo, directed by Denis Podalydès is "a chasm of shadow, an ambivalent and subversive tragedy" where the vibrant scenography, sound creations and imagined costumes give a cinematographic aspect to this melodrama.

A lagoon of Venice is the setting for this wonderful performance where Lucrecia Borgia, politician, has to reconcile her desires for revenge and her maternal love. Elsa Lepoivre is this woman struck by the fatality who can’t prevent herself to turn into a monster when she strives to adopt a moral behavior.

“Great classical theater presented by a legendary troupe” –

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Classic films and great theater performances on Saturday afternoons – what’s not to love?

Amélie, The Artist, Intouchable… You’ve already seen these French classics, but you loved them so much you want to see them again and share them with your family and friends – here’s your chance!

La Comédie Francaise is the best theater ensemble in the world. Enjoy Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo and Britannicus by Racine – on film, as if you were in Salle Richelieu. On vous attend!


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