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  • With ARTE

    Projection followed by an ecounter with Dominique Bruguière and Dominique Blanc.

  • Collection Lambert

    Running time 2h20

  • A monument of French classical tragedy, Phèdre fascinates and troubles in equal measures. In his direction of Racine’s masterpiece, Patrice Chéreau lets us hear the pleasure of the text as well as Phèdre’s sensitive world.

 

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Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Patrice Chéreau © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

Phèdre © Ros Ribas

 

Presentation

  • A monument of French classical tragedy, Phèdre fascinates and troubles in equal measures. In his direction of Racine's masterpiece, Patrice Chéreau lets us hear the pleasure of the text as well as Phèdre's sensitive world.

    Up until then, everything seemed to have driven Patrice Chéreau away from Racine's theatre. When he was 30, he'd even sworn he would never direct a French classic in Alexandrines. Afraid of this “fake, frightening music,” which he'd known since secondary school, and to which he much preferred Shakespeare's “savagery.” In 1995, after rehearsals for Bernard-Marie Koltès's In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, costume designer Moidele Bickel enigmatically told him: “Now it's Racine you must direct. And in the same way!” Intrigued, Chéreau decided to re-read Phèdre, and felt the need to make us hear Racine's words to show us a fully human and carnal Phèdre, devastated by the contradictions of desire.

    Unlike other directors, who revelled in Racine's verse (like Antoine Vitez in 1975), Patrice Chéreau worked on meaning and on the tragedy itself. He sought to bring Phèdre's voice to an audience who'd never heard it. To those who regretted a few cuts in Racine's original text, Chéreau responded with his desire to “tell, as best I could, a story about human beings.”

  • Distribution

    With Dominique Blanc (Phèdre), Éric Ruf (Hippolyte), Pascal Greggory (Thésée), Michel Duchaussoy (Théramène), Christiane Cohendy (Oenone), Marina Hands (Aricie), Nathalie Bécue (Panope), Agnès Sourdillon (Ismène)

    Direction Patrice Chéreau
    Text Jean Racine
    Artistic collaboration Philippe Calvario
    Direction assistants Dominique Furgé, Valérie Nègre
    Stage design Richard Peduzzi
    Lights Dominique Brugière
    Costumes Moidele Bickel

    Direction Stéphane Metge
    Music Éric Neveux
    Montage Hélène Viardet

    Production

    Co-production ARTE France, Azor Films, Ina, Love Streams, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, RuhrTriennale

    Film recorded in April 2003 at Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (Ateliers Berthier)