Marvelous Angelique

Marvelous Angelique (French: Merveilleuse Angélique) is a 1965 historical romantic adventure film directed by Bernard Borderie.[2] It is the second film in the Angélique series, based upon the novels by Anne and Serge Golon, and a sequel to Angélique, Marquise des Anges. It was made as a co-production between France, Italy and West Germany.[3]

Marvelous Angelique
Directed byBernard Borderie
Produced byFrancis Cosne
Raymond Borderie
Written byAnne Golon (novel)
Serge Golon (novel)
Claude Brule
Bernard Borderie
Francis Cosne
Daniel Boulanger
StarringMichèle Mercier
Jean Rochefort
Claude Giraud
Giuliano Gemma
Music byMichel Magne
CinematographyHenri Persin
Edited byChristian Gaudin
Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique
Films Borderie
Fono Roma
Francos Films
Gloria Film
Distributed byGloria Film
S.N. Prodi
Release date
  • 7 July 1965 (1965-07-07)
Running time
105 minutes
West Germany
Box office$17.6 million[1]

It was made at the Billancourt Studios in Rome and the Cinecitta Studios in Rome. Location shooting took place at Versailles. The sets were designed by the art director René Moulaert.


After the execution of Jeoffrey de Peyrac, Angélique finds refuge at the Cour des Miracles and the boss Calembredaine; he turns out to be her childhood friend and first love Nicolas. With his help she finds her children. After a fight between two rival gangs, Nicolas is shot and Angélique is arrested and sent to the Châtelet. She asks the captain to let her go rescue her children, he agrees but she has to come back to spend the night with him. Angélique goes to the headquarters of the Grand Coërse and rescues her children. She brings them to Barbe and asks her to take care of them because she has a debt to pay. Angélique returns to the Châtelet where the captain is waiting for her. He tries to kiss her but they struggle and he falls down. She escapes and flees to Barbe who now works in an old run-down inn called "Le coq Hardi".

After persuading the owner 'Maître Bourjus' to employ her, Angélique renames the inn "Le masque rouge"; it is a big hit in Paris. One day she meets her old enemy, Monsieur, brother of the king, accompanied by his noblemen. A tragedy occurs, "Le masque rouge" burns to the ground and Angélique swears revenge. She calls on her friend Claude le Petit aka "Le poète crotté". He writes pamphlets in which they accuse the noblemen surrounding Monsieur.

The king disapproves of what his brother did but he doesn't like what the poet is doing and has him hanged, another death on Angelique's conscience. He sends his best policeman to her, the former lawyer of Jeoffrey, Desgrez, who realizes she is planning to kill herself. He promises her a license to make and sell chocolate and 50.000 livres as compensation for the loss of "Le masque rouge", on the condition that she accepts that the Poet Crotte's death was not her fault and that she stops publishing the remaining pamphlets so that Monsieur's name isn't mentioned.

In her new establishment she then encounters her cousin Philippe de Plessis-Bellières. They have a passionate affair, but Angélique wants him to marry her so she blackmails him with an old secret. Eventually Philippe asks her to be his wife and he introduces her to the court.


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  2. "Merveilleuse Angélique". Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  3. Klossner p.256

Filmography Angélique


  • Klossner, Michael. The Europe of 1500-1815 on Film and Television: A Worldwide Filmography of Over 2550 Works, 1895 Through 2000. McFarland & Company, 2002.
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