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A Cursed Monarchy 

Les rois maudits (original title)
Based on the novel of the same name by Maurice Druon, Les Rois maudits (The Cursed Kings) is the second television adaptation of this seven-volume book which is widely agreed to be an ... See full summary »
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Jeanne Moreau ...  Mahaut d'Artois 5 episodes, 2005
Claude Rich ...  Le cardinal Deuze 5 episodes, 2005
Line Renaud ...  Marie de Hongrie 5 episodes, 2005
Vasile Albinet ...  Count 5 episodes, 2005
Serena Autieri Serena Autieri ...  Clémence de Hongrie 5 episodes, 2005
Dan Badarau Dan Badarau ...  Le Capitaine Bersumee 5 episodes, 2005
Patrick Bouchitey ...  Maître Evrard 5 episodes, 2005
Sophie Broustal Sophie Broustal ...  Le Divion 5 episodes, 2005
Hugues Dalmagro Hugues Dalmagro ...  Capitaine des gardes 5 episodes, 2005
Sophie De La Rochefoucauld Sophie De La Rochefoucauld ...  Dame Eudeline 5 episodes, 2005
Marie de Villepin ...  Reine Philippa 5 episodes, 2005
Hélène Duc Hélène Duc ...  Mme de Bouville 5 episodes, 2005
Daniel Emilfork ...  Maître Martin 5 episodes, 2005
Andy Gillet ...  Hugh le Despenser 5 episodes, 2005
Frédéric Laforet Frédéric Laforet ...  Sire de Souastre 5 episodes, 2005
Toinette Laquière Toinette Laquière ...  Comtesse de Beaumont 5 episodes, 2005
Christine Musset ...  Dame d'apparat Reine Isabelle 5 episodes, 2005
Philippe Nevo Philippe Nevo ...  Le chevaucheur 5 episodes, 2005
Violante Placido 5 episodes, 2005
Romain Rondeau Romain Rondeau ...  Henri Tors Col 5 episodes, 2005
Christiane Rorato Christiane Rorato ...  Mère abbesse 5 episodes, 2005
Wadeck Stanczak ...  Connétable Gaucher 5 episodes, 2005
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Based on the novel of the same name by Maurice Druon, Les Rois maudits (The Cursed Kings) is the second television adaptation of this seven-volume book which is widely agreed to be an accurate representation of actual events. It is the early 1300's and the treasury of France, under the rule of Philippe IV (Philippe le Bel or Philippe the Beautiful), is empty. The king decides the only solution is to raid the treasures of the Knights Templar (amongst others) and concocts various charges of treason, heresy and deviance against the Knights and their Grand Master Jacques de Molay. Having confessed under torture to the crimes of which he is accused, de Molay is condemned to be burned at the stake. With his dying breath he curses the king, the king's advisor (Guillaume de Nogaret), the pope (Pope Clement V) and the thirteen succeeding generations of their families. There follows one of the most dramatic periods in French history, half a century of political intrigue, murder, treason, war ... Written by But_Siriusly

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France 2 [France]

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France | Italy

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Italian | French

Release Date:

7 November 2005 (France) See more »

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Romania See more »

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EUR18,000,000 (estimated)
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(5 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Ah, c'mon now....

A lot has been made of the sets and backgrounds.. Philippe Druillet, the artist behind the sets, is an iconic sci-fi graphic novelist. He created 'Lone Sloane'in the mid-60s; unlikely, then, that he is much influenced by the Riddick franchise as suggested above. Anyway, he was never going to come up with anything conceptually accurate to the 14th Century, that's for sure! Not a good idea to get hung up on historical accuracy of plot or costumes, either. Druon wrote a novel loosely based on historical fact. The curse on which the whole premise is based is folklore, even the eye-watering demise of Edward II may be urban mythology... It is a wee bit like remaking "I Clavdivs" but with a Giger/Lynch vibe going on. The stylised acting and shoogly sets of the original with some seriously dodgy Goth overlays. It didn't impress me as much as the original, but French TV in the 70s was truly awful and expectations are so much higher....murderous Moreau worth the price of admission!


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