Voltaire

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

A romanticized account of a period in the life of the famed French writer and philosopher, with Arliss, in the title role, taking under his protection the harassed Lindsay, producing a play for the king which almost lands the thinker in jail, and, finally, using his superior wit to see that the real villain, Mowbray, receives his just reward. The attempts...read more

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A romanticized account of a period in the life of the famed French writer and philosopher, with Arliss, in the title role, taking under his protection the harassed Lindsay, producing a play for the king which almost lands the thinker in jail, and, finally, using his superior wit to see

that the real villain, Mowbray, receives his just reward. The attempts to add the political flavor of the times hurt the overall flow of the plot, but otherwise this is an intriguing biography. Arliss had seemed like a natural choice to play the famous Frenchman after having scored in the lead

role in DISRAELI (1929), an earlier larger-than-life Warner Bros. biography.

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