Ridicule
is a superb French film set in the late 18th century. The plot involves the Marquis Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy entering the court of Versailles with the aim of persuading Louis XVI to support his engineering project: to drain the disease-infested swamps which are killing all the peasants in his region. His struggle becomes, quite literally, a battle of wits, as survival at court is all about holding onto one’s reputation as a bel esprit by making witty remarks that ridicule and humiliate others.

While re-watching Ridicule yesterday, I grabbed an A4 sketchpad and my sepia pen and filled a page with sketches, pausing the DVD for between 30 seconds and 4 minutes to draw.

I’m pretty sure Judith Godrèche’s cleavage didn’t really grow to those proportions over the course of the film. This was a fun exercise, though, and I might try it again sometime with La Reine Margot – another of my favourite French costume dramas. More heaving bosoms coming soon to a blog near you!!
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