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He burned with ambition. He lusted for life. He lived for passion. This is the sprawling saga of Honoré de Balzac (Gérard Depardieu), a man who created a great literary oeuvre from the dramas and adventures of his own life - a life that he shaped into one spectacular and unforgettable blaze of passion. At the heart of the story are the women in Balzac's life. Although gruff, unsophisticated, and far from handsome, Balzac exerts an irresistible fascination on women.

  1. Josée Dayan


  2. Didier Decoin


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  1. Gérard Depardieu

    Gérard Depardieu

    Honoré de Balzac

  2. Jeanne Moreau

    Jeanne Moreau


  3. Fanny Ardant

    Fanny Ardant

    Eve Hanska

  4. Virna Lisi

    Virna Lisi

    Madame de Berny

  5. Katja Riemann

    Katja Riemann

    Laure d'Abrantès

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Balzac: A Life Of Passion
Balzac: A Life Of Passion


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Original Title Balzac

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 13, 1999


Original Language French

Runtime 4h 0m

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