At The Sign of The Cat and Racket - France
French Tales & Novels from the 19th Century
At The Sign of The Cat and Racket (La Maison du Chat Qui Pelote, 2009)
Adapted from: La Maison du Chat Qui Pelote by Honoré de Balzac
Director: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
Eurochannel offers a journey through time in search of treasured French literature of the 19th century. The most illustrious writers are present: Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Emile Zola, etc..., adapted, in costume, with the set and the music of that era by one of the best French directors and portrayed by the greatest French actors such as Marie-Anne Chazel, Didier Bourdon, Samuel Le Bihan, and Regis Laspalès
Sir William is a draper in Paris. He owns a shop named The Cat and Racket. His two daughters, his eldest Virginia, who is slightly awkward, and Augustine, who is so pretty that she has two suitors, Joseph and Théodore. Théodore will marry Agustine and Joseph will marry Virginia. At first it might seem that Théodore and Augustine's marriage is most enviable, seeing as he is marrying the more beautiful sister, but Virginia and Joseph eventually build a solid union in modesty and steadfastness. It becomes clear that for Augustine, the dream of marriage quickly becomes a nightmare. Joseph is indeed an artist and a gentleman, while Théodore soon reveals a hard temperament.
• Adapted from a story by Honoré de Balzac (1799 -1850), French writer, author of La Comédie Humaine, gigantic mural of French society after the Revolution in some 90 novels.