period: seventeenth-century French characters

Various seventeenth-century French characters

Featuring various actresses portaying characters from seventeenth-century France: the time of Louis XIV, Cardinels Richeleu & Mazarin, and, of course, the musketeers.

The movies & TV shows

Molière (2007): In 1658, Molière writes a comedy, Tartuffe, for his patron based on his own adventures some thirteen years earlier when a bankrupt Molière had his debts covered by a rich man who wanted his help in seducing the beautiful bright young widow, Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier). Michèle Constantinides & Frédérique Ney were the key makeup artists.

Vatel (2000): In 1671 a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at his chateau, seeking to win a commission as a general in return. Vatel, his steward, who is a man of honour and talent but low birth, is given charge of the extravaganza. Caught between the craven prince and the casual cruelities of the court, Vatel and a new arrival at court, Anne de Montausier (Uma Thurman), are drawn to each other. Giannetto De Rossi was the hair and makeup designer; Marianne Collette was the key makeup artist.

La Putain du roi / The King’s Whore (1990): Set in the last decade of the seventeenth century, it tells the story of Jeanne de Luynes (Valeria Golino) and King Vittorio Amadeo. It is based – vaguely, via a novelisation – upon the life of Jeanne Baptiste d'Albert de Luynes, Comtesse de Verrue (1670–1736). At the age of thirteen she was married to the Earl of Verua, by whom she had four children. Her husband took her to the court of Savoy in Turin where Victor Amadeus. the Duke of Savoy fell madly in love with her. She initially resisted but, encouraged both by her family and by King Louis XIV, she became the Duke’s mistress; they had two children, who were legitimized in 1701. Rino Carboni was the makeup artist.