Vatel


1h 57m 2000

Brief Synopsis

In 1671, Francois Vatel, a master chef, entertainer and steward, is hired by the Prince de Conde to prepare an important feast for the upcoming arrival of King Louis XIV. However, it will take nothing short of a miracle to prepare a fete fitting for royalty while Conde's provinces rest on the verge

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Audis De Joinville; Chriscar; Cinesyl; Eastman Kodak; Eclair Group; Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.; Gaumont; Gaumont International Productions; Locafete; Lyps Inc; Music Village; Panavison; Studio Guillaume Tell; StudioCanal; Tf1 Films Productions; The Travel Company; Tirelli Costumi; Transpalux; Virgin Records
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution; 20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; CinTart; Gaumont Buena Vista International; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Sherlock; Tobis Film
Location
Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

In 1671, Francois Vatel, a master chef, entertainer and steward, is hired by the Prince de Conde to prepare an important feast for the upcoming arrival of King Louis XIV. However, it will take nothing short of a miracle to prepare a fete fitting for royalty while Conde's provinces rest on the verge of financial ruin. Vatel, however, is a culinary genius with a heightened sense of resourcefulness with which to resolve each new crisis that threatens to damper the festivities. He is caught off guard by only one unforseen factor -- the ravishing beauty of royal newcomer, the regal Anne de Montausier. Not only has she caught the king's eye but also those of Vatel and the king's nasty aide the Marquis de Lauzon. To the monarch and the marquis she is but a sexual conquest, but Vatel and Anne recognize the decency and honesty in each other, qualities in short supply in the rarefied world in which they exist.

Cast

Gerard Depardieu

Francois Vatel

Uma Thurman

Anne De Montausier

Tim Roth

Marquis De Lauzun

Julian Glover

Prince De Conde

Julian Sands

King Louis Xiv

Murray Lachlan Young

Philippe D'Orleans--'Monsieur'

Timothy Spall

Gourville

Hywel Bennett

Colbert

Richard Griffiths

Dr Bourdelot

Arielle Dombasle

Princesse De Conde

Marine Delterme

Athenais De Montespan

Philippine Leroy-beaulieu

Jerome Pradon

Marquis D'Effiat

Ftodor Atkine

Alcalet

Nathalie Cerda

The Queen Marie Therese

Emilie Ohana

Louise De La Valliere

Sebastien Davis

Demaury

Natacha Koutchoumov

Louise De La Valliere'S Maid

Nick Robinson

Colin

Patrick Saverioni

Rochefort

Julie-anne Roth

Maidservant

Alain Stern

Sharp Equerry

James Thiérrée

Duc De Longueville

Geoffrey Bateman

Balmour

Nicholas Hawtrey

Lauzun'S Secretary

Paul Brandey

Comte De Mirail

David Gablson

Creditor Guillaume

Louise Vincent

Woman Creditor

Andre Chaumeau

The Monkey Handler

Jay Benedict

King'S Commode Valet

Dominique Frot

Hysterical Woman

Leslie Clack

Whipping Courtier

David Houri

Vicomte D'Amboise

Christophe Prevost

Lantern Deliveryman

Ron Forfar

Melon Deliveryman

Albert Goldberg

The Leviathan Worker

Vincent Grass

Martin'S Father

Patty Hannock

Duchess At The Banquet

Fiona Curzon

Woman At The Banquet

Adrian Pochna

Foot Servant

Jerome Duranteau

Cavalry Officer

Patrick Albenque

Soldier At Chateau Gate

Vincent Nemeth

Emissary

Edwin Apps

Fish Deliveryman

Helen Later

Servant With Flowers

Remi Roubakha

The Cook

Kevin Greenlaw

The Baritone

Joachim Serreau

The Young Servant

Pia Lagrange

Duc D'Ambrois'S Sister

Lionel Vitrant

Large Cook

Alexandre Chaussat

Cook'S Apprentice

Louis Bustin

Martin

James Ney

Colin'S Friend

William Hough

Colin'S Friend

Jess Gage

Colin'S Friend

Oaola Capirci

Performer

Jean-christopher Frisch

Performer

Crew

Jean-louis Airola

Stunts

Joseph-marie Amiot

Music Excerpts

Virginia Anderson

Art Department Assistant

Virginia Anderson

Art Assistant

Damiano Antinori

Assistant Sound Engineer

Christophe Anzoli

Location Assistant

Françoise Arnaud

Other

Serge Arthus

Dolby Sound Consultant

Philippe Auclaire

Construction Manager

Fabrizio Barchi

Choir Director

Catherine Barres-deschamps

Other

Francis Barrois

Unit Manager

John Bateman

Adr Sound Recordist (United Kingdom)

Jean-paul Batteux

2nd Assistant Art Department

Christian Baudoin

Assistant Coordinator

Sylvette Baudrot

Script Supervisor

Dominique Beaucamps

Set Dresser

Jean-marc Bellu

Stunts

Franck Benezech

1st Assistant Art Department

Frantoise Benoet-fresco

Set Dresser

Pascale Beraud

Crowd Casting

Jean-michel Bernard

Musical Direction & Orchestration

Carloline Berthet

Assistant Scenic Artist

Valerie Bertoux

Model Artist

Pierre Betoulle

Costume Workshop Tailor

Jean-philippe Blanc

Wardrobe Dresser

Gilles Bodu-lemoine

Wardrobe Dresser

Noelle Boisson

Editor

Jean-baptiste Bonnetto

Special Effects Technician

Gilles Bontemps

Head Sculptor

Elizabeth Boorn

Production Coordinator

Constance Bordier

Production Accountant

Patrick Bordier

Line Producer

Myriam Boucher

Wardrobe Dresser

Andre Bouladoux

Camera Grip

Anne Bourleyre

2nd Assistant Art Department

Katia Boutin

Dialogue Editor

Daniel Breton

Stunts

Jean Brun

Production Accountant

Oliver Burgaud

Boom Operator

Timothy Burrill

Co-Producer

William Cagnard

Stunts

David Campi-lemaire

2nd Assistant Director

Gwenael Campuzard

Other

Michel Carliez

Stunts & Fight Coordinator

Thomas Carnet

Props Man Assistant

Marie-pierre Chance

Painter

Beatrice Chauvin

Art Department Coordinator

Frederic Chauvineau

Animal Handler

Juliette Cheneau

2nd Assistant Art Department

Marianne Collette

Makeup

Giovanni Paolo Collona

Music ("Absalom (Act 2 '1st Air D'Absalom")

Gemma Coma-alabert

Other

Sidonie Constantien

Hairdresser & Wig Maker

Audrey Coppens

Makeup

Sastreria Cornejo

Costumes

Ythier Couesnon

Special Thanks

Capucine Daumas

Other

Corentin Daumas

Other

Annie Dautane

Visual Effects Production Supervisor (Medialab Pictures/Digital Visual Effects)

Claude Davy

Gerard Depardieu'S Press Agent

Ines De La Beviere

Other

Enrico De Mells

Music Coordinator

Patrick De Ranter

2nd Camera Operator

Patrick De Ranter

Steadicam Operator

Giannetto De Rossi

Makeup Designer & Hair Stylist

Lorella De Rossi

Makeup

David Decourt

Pyrotechnics Technician

Patrick Decourt

Pyrotechnics Technician

Francoise Delaire

2nd Set Assistant

Eric Delfour

2nd Assistant Art Department

Sabine Delouvrier

Set Dresser

Catherine Denoyelle

Creative Workshop 1st Assistant

Mirella Sforza Derossi

Makeup

Le Coteau Des Cerfs

Other

Marie Desforge

Other

Guiseppe Desiato

Makeup

Corinne Devaux

Choreographer

Arielle Dombasle

Song Performer ("La Bourree")

Yves Domenjoud

Special Effects Technician

Alain Dondin

Electrician

Roland Dondin

Electrician

Brendan Donnison

Adr Voice Casting (Lyps Inc/United Kingdom)

Fabrice Doux

Other

Pierre Du Boisberranger

2nd Assistant Art Department

Sebastien Dubrulle

Makeup

Nadine Dumas

Hairdresser & Wig Maker

Francois Dumoulin

Composting Artist (Medialab Pictures/Digital Visual Effects)

Jon Duncan

Production Accountant (United Kingdom)

Cyril Dusseaux

Other

Alain Duval

Digital Matte-Painting Artist

Nathalie Engelstein

2nd Assistant Director

Luc Etienne

1st Assistant Director

Olivier Falconnier

Other

Antoine Fontaine

Chief Scenic Artist

Robert Fraisse

Director Of Photography

Yvon Fremy

Master Carpenter

Alain Frentzel

Other

Ugo Furlanetto

Sound Trainee

Patrick Gagelin

Costume Trainee

Hervé Gallet

1st Assistant Art Department

Veronique Gallet

Other

Philippe Garnier

Camera Grip

Thomas Gastinel

Boom Operator

Lucie Gay

2nd Assistant Art Department

Eric Gazille

Assistant Scenic Artist

Alison Gentleman

Post-Production Coordinator (United Kingdom)

Etienne George

Stills Photographer

Patrick George

Other

Jean-pierre Gesbert

Camera Grip

Yves Girard

Stunts

Franck Giraud

2nd Assistant Director

Laurence Glentzlin

Wardrobe Dresser

Olivier Gleze

Special Effects Technician

Jean-patrick Godry

Costume Supervisor

Alain Goldman

Producer

Kevin Greenlaw

Other

Julian Grisot

Set Dresser

François Groult

Sound

Pascal Guegan

Stunts

Christophe Guilbaud

Other

Valerie Guilbaud

2nd Assistant Art Department

Marie Guillon

Production Accountant

Severine Guillot

Production Accountant

Erwan Guiziou

Other

Fabienne Haertling

Other

Peter Hammond

Other

George Frederick Handel

Music ("Music For The Royal Fireworks")

Francois Hardy

Other

Philippe Harlez

2nd Assistant Art Department

Christian Hening

Stunts

Ollivier Henry

Other

Alain Herpe

Other

Frederic Heurlier

Assistant Scenic Artist

Emilie Jacobs

Other

Monika Jeziorowska

Stills Photographer

Roland Joffe

Producer

Gladys Joujou

Image Editor'S Assistant

Jacques Kazandjian

Other

Martin Kenzie

Camera Operator

Valentina La Rocca

Assistant Scenic Artist

Jeanne Labrune

Screenwriter

Brice Lajeunesse

Grip Manager

Yvonne Lassinot De Nesle

Costume Designer

Jean-claude Le Bras

Grip

Anne Le Campion

Co-Re-Recording Mixer

Virginie Le Metayer

Wardrobe Dresser

Caroline Lebeau

Other

Olivier Legardeur

Location Production Manager (St Cloud)

Eric Lemouel

Dressing Unit (Chriscar)

Jean-paul Letellier

Assistant Scenic Artist

Jerome Levy

Foley Artist

Brian Lhee

Special Assistant (To The Producer & Director)

Karen Lindsay Stewart

Casting (United Kingdom)

Alain Lithaud

Other

Didier Lize

Sound Engineer

Virginia Lombardo

Other

Marion Lorthioir

Post-Synchronization (France)

Nathalie Louichon

Makeup

Yannick Luce

Location Production Manager

Mario Luraschi

Stunt & Horseman

Francois Mahe

Recording Assistant

Bruno Maillard

Composting Artist (Medialab Pictures/Digital Visual Effects)

Claire Maillard

Production Accountant

Francoise Malet

Makeup

Andre Marchandet

Other

Christophe Marchandet

Other

Jean Marchandet

Other

Olivier Marlangeon

Foley Artist Assistant

Vincent Maroutain

Other

Jean-philippe Martier

Camera Grip

Didier Martin

Assistant Scenic Artist

Louise Marzaroli

1st Set Assistant

Pascal Maziere

Foley Artist Assistant

Pascale Mazoyer

Visual Effects Post-Production Coordinator

Patrick Medioni

Stunts

Yann Megard

2nd Assistant Art Department

Brigitte Mele

Other

Marc Meneau

Chef-Culinary Technical Advisor ("Water Pageant Banquet')

C Mercier

Special Thanks

C Mercier

Harpiscord Advisor

Anne Micolod

Wardrobe Dresser

Image Mikros

Credits & Effects

Zoie Miller

Production Coordinator (United Kingdom)

Guy Monbillard

Pyrotechnics Technician

Teresa Monteiro

Makeup

Loic Montiotto

Recording Assistant

Eric Moreau

Location Assistant

Steve Moreau

Video Operator

Philippe Morel

Stunts

Catherine Morisse

Associate Producer

Ennio Morricone

Songs ("Rrimo Pezzo" "Second Pezzo")

Ennio Morricone

Music

Manu Mougin

Propman

Gérard Moulévrier

Casting (France)

Suen Mounicq

Costume Supervisor

Marc Mulero

Electrician

Jerome Navarro

1st Assistant Director

Marie-france Noel

Historical Advisor

Gil Noir

Wardrobe Dresser

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services; Audis De Joinville; Chriscar; Cinesyl; Eastman Kodak; Eclair Group; Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.; Gaumont; Gaumont International Productions; Locafete; Lyps Inc; Music Village; Panavison; Studio Guillaume Tell; StudioCanal; Tf1 Films Productions; The Travel Company; Tirelli Costumi; Transpalux; Virgin Records
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution; 20th Century Fox International; A-Film Distribution; CinTart; Gaumont Buena Vista International; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Sherlock; Tobis Film
Location
Vaux-Le-Vicomte, France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Award Nominations

Set Decoration

2000

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2000 Cesar Award for Best Production Design.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 2000

Expanded Release in United States February 9, 2001

Released in United States on Video August 7, 2001

Completed shooting August 6, 1999.

Began shooting April 26, 1999.

Film shoots at the chateaux of Rambouillet, Chantilly, and Fontainbleau.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 2000

Expanded Release in United States February 9, 2001

Released in United States on Video August 7, 2001