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The Libertine (2000)

Directed by: Gabriel Aghion
Stars: Vincent Perez, Fanny Ardant, Josiane Balasko
Language: French | Subtitles: English
Country: France | Imdb Info | Dvdrip
Also known as: Le libertin, Liebeslust und Freiheit
Description: In France, a group of free thinkers, led by the philosopher and writer Denis Diderot have been working to produce the first ever encyclopedia and bring enlightenment and knowledge to their fellow Frenchmen. With the authorities placing an order to stop the spread of this evil work, Diderot is forced to hide the printing presses underground at his mansion as he tries to finish his work. It is a wonder though, that he can write at all, as his freedom brings him a spread of women wanting ‘liberation’. He is fine with promoting this way of thinking until his own daughter starts to explore her sexuality with feelings towards an older man. A visit by the Cardinal causes some delay but Baroness d’Holbach tries to keep him busy throughout his visit while the work continues to get the book out. Reviews
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