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Personnage grossier, brutal, le duc Alexandre de Médicis dirige la ville de Florence. Se désintéressant de sa haute fonction, méprisant la bourgeoisie comme le peuple, il passe son temps dans le lit des femmes. Son jeune cousin Lorenzo s’est donné pour but de libérer Florence de la tyrannie d’Alexandre. Mais parviendra-t-il à assassiner le duc ? Saura-t-il surmonter les to ...more
Published 1977 by librairie larousse (first published 1834)
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In 1896 Sarah Bernhardt decided to take Musset’s unplayable play Lorenzaccio, first published around sixty years earlier, in 1834, to the stage for the first time. It had never been performed before because its author had conceived it as a Spectacle dans un fauteuil, or a spectacle for the armchair. Bernhardt also chose to perform the eponymous leading role and ever since, until relatively recently, Lorenzaccio has been played by women.

This was not the first play for the armchair that Musset had
C'est une piece dramaturgique sur la demesure. Et quoi de plus bel exemple que la Renaissance florentine et sa famille la plus celebre et la plus eclatante, les Medicis, avec le heros des contemporains dont Marie de Navarre nous a laisse la trace dans son Heptameron - celui de Lorenzo Medici image parfait d'un arisocrate. Personnage ambivalent comme l'epoque meme comme l'architecture des colonnes et des palais. Comme Macchiavelli.
La Cour est un lieu de vie de societe, un lieu ou passe la vie et
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Theatre lovers.
Recommended to Czarny by: Prof. Vercollier put in on the course.
Shelves: french-lit, favorites
Lorenzaccio is one of the greatest plays written in France during the 19th century. Because of its length and complexity, it was long considered to be a work to be read rather than staged. Sarah Bernhardt finally performed the work in the 1890s playing the title role of the tormented teenager Lorenzaccio and it is has stayed in the repertory ever since.

Set in 16th Century Florence, it is a wonderful text about how to act meaningfully in a state governed by a tyrant. The adolescent Lorenzaccio fi
Tzu-Mainn Chen
Although I've read a few modern plays over the past few years (all by Martin McDonagh), I haven't read a play with a classical feel since high school. The experience has improved much; having watched more than a few plays since then, I now understand that a play should be read aloud - if not vocally, at least with the many voices in your head all playing a role. There is meaning in movement and expression, none of which will come across on the page.

Lorenzaccio was written in the 1800s; yet, the
J'ai le souvenir d'avoir dévoré cette pièce pour une simple raison : le style. L'écriture d'Alfred de Musset est limpide et pourtant magique. Chaque mot est choisi avec soin, chaque phrase a une portée. La pièce en elle-même est parfois complexe : entre le nombre de personnages et le nombre de lieux, il faut s'y retrouver — sûrement une des pièces les plus difficiles à jouer. Je ne peux que conseiller de la lire.
J'ai lu ce livre dans le cadre d'un cours collégial de français,
probablement que par moi-même je n'aurais jamais choisi ce livre sur les tablettes,
cependant, j'ai trouver que c'était un bon livre.
J'ai bien aimée les personnages principaux , il y a cependant beaucoup trop de personnages secondaires. l'histoire est bien, le dénouement également.
Alfred de Musset seems to be one of my favourite classical author. With few words, he can talk about politics and morality in two places at the same time : Florence and Paris.
This play is very visual in its form, Musset wrote it as a beautiful creation where he truly gives us the freedom to build, in parallel with his play, our own creation. Wrote it in a way where our imagination and his creation become one. Originally, Lorenzaccio wasn't written to be played, even though it has been staged. It is an inner stage.
Lorenzaccio is such a complex character, very realistic, terribly well-built/written character. One of the best plays I have read yet. Musset really lets y
Pièce de théâtre qui m'avait été imposé en littérature.
Au premier abord j'ai détesté, je trouvais l'histoire longue, ennuyante et sans grand intérêt.
Et finalement avec les analyses et les cours, donc avec un peu plus de culture j'ai mieux compris et j'ai su plus apprécié cette pièce.
Je conseille à ceux qui veulent la lire de prendre un petit livre explicatif qui va avec afin de mieux la comprendre.
Jill Ck
I thought this would be boring. Okay, well, it maybe was, a little... Not as good as George Sand's version, but well, still a good book, well written, and enjoyable. Not the kind of book I would recommend to everyone though haha
Had to read it in highschool. A very nice novel about politics. I remember having a really good time reading it.
Arthurian Lucre
An amazing play which I have been lucky enough to find on translation.
Part of the reason I loved this book is because M.G. sat down with me and went over my paper on it in detail, helping me rewrite the paper and thereby understand the play more fully. I credit her and a college professor with helping me significantly improve my essay writing, which helped me throughout college and graduate school in all subjects. Lorenzaccio is a great French play, and though there are many others, I would say that this one is quite accessible.
Emma Schouten
Although I had to read this for school, it turned out a lot better than I expected. I don't usually like theater books, I just find it impossible to read them but this one was actually cool. I'm not the kind of person to see all the secret meanings behind everything an author writes and I didn't get any of the political messages Musset put in there but I enjoyed the story nonetheless.
Lorenzaccio, ce "lendemain d'orgie ambulant", veut tuer son cousin , le duc Alexandre de Médicis qui règne honteusement sur la Florence médiévale .Mais son crime servira-t-il à quelqu'un ?
Elegance, Elegance, Elegance...Un chef d'oeuvre..A lire-Relire-Relire-Relire....à l'infini...
Sans doute mieux à voir, par contre, ce n'est pas aisé à tout comprendre à la lecture.
Todor Tchervenkov
Not my favourire, but still...
Amato Lah
Full of senses!
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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836.
Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government po
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