Let Joy Reign Supreme

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

Noiret stars as Philippe D'Orleans, an aesthetically minded regent to the young Louis XV. Though Noiret holds power in early 18th-century France, he has no real standing in the royal scheme of things, though he tries his best to keep his countrymen cultured and content and thus delay a peasant uprising. Gradually, however, rage grows in the servile class....read more

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Noiret stars as Philippe D'Orleans, an aesthetically minded regent to the young Louis XV. Though Noiret holds power in early 18th-century France, he has no real standing in the royal scheme of things, though he tries his best to keep his countrymen cultured and content and thus delay a

peasant uprising. Gradually, however, rage grows in the servile class. Noiret tries to avoid violence by teaming with Marielle, a power-hungry priest with no concern for God or man. The regent then is shaken by the death of his daughter, with whom he has been accused of incest. He becomes

embittered when he is forced to execute a group of revolutionaries, but the finale makes it quite apparent that the joy that will reign supreme will be that of the peasants. Noiret turns in a superb performance (a feat he would equal in Tavernier's 1981 COUP DE TORCHON) as the humanistic regent,

allowing the audience to become wholly absorbed in his characterization. A special treat is the soundtrack music, which was written by Philippe D'Orleans himself, providing demonstrable evidence of his interest in the arts.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Noiret stars as Philippe D'Orleans, an aesthetically minded regent to the young Louis XV. Though Noiret holds power in early 18th-century France, he has no real standing in the royal scheme of things, though he tries his best to keep his countrymen culture… (more)

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