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it_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
crazy_JJ
time_NN
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,_,
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the_DT
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right_NN
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the_DT
corner_NN
._.
king_NN
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xv_CD
would_MD
soon_RB
die_VB
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
son_NN
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xvi_CD
._.
such_DT
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the_DT
setting_NN
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beaumarchais_NP
:_:
the_DT
scoundrel_NN
about_IN
the_DT
controversial_JJ
playwright_NN
,_,
spy_NN
and_CC
playboy_NN
pierre-augustin_NP
caron_NP
de_NP
beaumarchais_NP
._.
beaumarchais_NP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
author_NN
of_IN
the_DT
plays_NNS
,_,
"_"
the_DT
barber_NN
of_IN
seville_NP
"_"
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
marriage_NN
of_IN
figaro_NP
._.
"_"
today_RB
people_NN
think_VB
of_IN
them_PP
as_CS
quaint_JJ
and_CC
harmless_JJ
operas_NNS
,_,
but_CC
,_,
back_NN
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1773_CD
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the_DT
movie_NN
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place_NN
,_,
they_PP
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scandalous_JJ
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thrown_VBN
into_IN
prison_NN
more_DT
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._.
the_DT
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the_DT
scoundrel_NN
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subject_NN
,_,
resulting_JJ
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an_DT
inviting_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
france_NP
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ever_RB
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
huge_JJ
hit_NN
when_CS
it_PP
opened_VBD
there_RB
last_OD
year_NN
._.
now_RB
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theatrical_JJ
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the_DT
united_JJ
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,_,
it_PP
eschews_NNS
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of_IN
most_DT
art_NN
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a_DT
romping_NN
good_JJ
story_NN
._.
the_DT
secret_JJ
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the_DT
film_NN
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success_NN
,_,
other_JJ
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the_DT
lavishness_NN
of_IN
sylvie_NP
de_NP
segonzac_???
's_BEZ
costumes_NNS
,_,
has_HVZ
to_TO
be_BE
the_DT
performance_NN
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fabrice_NN
luchini_NP
as_IN
beaumarchais_NP
._.
with_IN
his_PP$
glistening_JJ
eyes_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
infectious_JJ
smile_NN
,_,
he_PP
mesmerizes_VBZ
the_DT
camera_NN
and_CC
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
his_PP$
wry_JJ
little_JJ
lips_NNS
seem_VB
always_RB
to_IN
hint_NN
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some_DT
unspoken_JJ
deviousness_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
planning_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
land_NN
where_CS
court_NN
intrigue_NN
determines_VBZ
one_CD
's_NNS
destiny_NN
,_,
constant_JJ
scheming_VBG
was_BEDZ
a_DT
way_NN
of_IN
life_NN
for_IN
the_DT
aristocracy_NN
._.
as_CS
our_PP$
story_NN
starts_VBZ
,_,
we_PP
learn_VB
that_CS
beaumarchais_NP
has_HVZ
bought_VBN
himself_PPX
a_DT
judgeship_NN
._.
into_IN
his_PP$
court_NN
comes_VBZ
a_DT
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
nobility_NN
demanding_VBG
an_DT
immediate_JJ
sword_NN
fight_NN
._.
beaumarchais_NP
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
having_HVG
an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
the_DT
man_NN
's_POS
wife_NN
,_,
makes_VBZ
him_PP
wait_VB
until_CS
the_DT
current_JJ
case_NN
on_IN
the_DT
docket_NN
is_BEZ
decided_VBN
._.
that_CS
over_IN
with_IN
,_,
the_DT
fight_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
._.
with_IN
luchini_NP
's_POS
charisma_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
root_NN
for_IN
anyone_PN
other_JJ
than_CS
him_PP
._.
audiences_NNS
may_MD
remember_VB
him_PP
from_IN
the_DT
marvelous_JJ
colonel_NN
chabert_NN
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
played_VBD
the_DT
attorney_NN
._.
although_CS
he_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
have_HV
half_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
good_JJ
looks_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
assistant_NN
gudin_NP
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
manuel_NP
blanc_NP
,_,
he_PP
dazzles_NNS
the_DT
women_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
viewers_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
grace_NN
and_CC
style_NN
._.
michael_NP
epp_???
's_BEZ
warm_JJ
and_CC
intimate_JJ
cinematography_NN
provides_VBZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
accompaniment_NN
to_IN
jean-marc_???
kerdelhue_NP
's_MD
lush_JJ
but_NP
realistic_JJ
looking_JJ
sets_NNS
._.
jean-claude_VB
petit_FW
's_BEZ
music_NN
,_,
especially_RB
the_DT
hauntingly_RB
lovely_JJ
flute_NN
solos_NNS
,_,
make_VB
for_IN
an_DT
enchanting_JJ
time_NN
at_IN
the_DT
movies_NNS
._.
director_NN
jean-claude_NN
brisville_NP
,_,
who_WP
wrote_VBD
the_DT
script_NN
along_IN
with_IN
edouard_NP
molinaro_NP
,_,
fleshed_VBN
out_RP
a_DT
play_NN
by_IN
sacha_???
guitry_NN
which_WDT
,_,
according_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
press_NN
notes_NNS
,_,
was_BEDZ
just_RB
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
historic_JJ
vignettes_NNS
._.
the_DT
disorganization_NP
of_IN
the_DT
play_NN
still_RB
comes_VBZ
through_IN
at_IN
some_DT
points_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
actors_NNS
smooth_JJ
it_PP
over_IN
with_IN
their_PP$
good-hearted_JJ
style_NN
._.
typical_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
that_CS
come_VB
out_RP
of_IN
nowhere_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
one_CD
in_IN
which_WDT
a_DT
rotund_JJ
benjamin_NP
franklin_NP
appears_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
pot_NN
of_IN
hot_JJ
water_NN
,_,
taking_VBG
his_PP$
bath_NN
._.
one_CD
episode_NN
has_HVZ
beaumarchais_NP
working_JJ
with_IN
a_DT
renegade_JJ
spy_NN
who_WP
may_MD
or_CC
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
a_DT
man_NN
._.
another_DT
has_HVZ
beaumarchais_NP
using_VBG
his_PP$
personal_JJ
fortune_NN
to_IN
aid_NN
the_DT
american_JJ
revolution_NN
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
may_NP
sound_NN
like_IN
a_DT
dull_JJ
historical_JJ
drama_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
anything_PN
but_CC
._.
the_DT
story_NN
plays_VBZ
more_DT
like_IN
theater_NN
of_IN
the_DT
absurd_JJ
than_CS
a_DT
movie_NN
based_VBN
on_IN
historical_JJ
facts_NNS
._.
the_DT
radiantly_RB
lovely_JJ
sandrine_JJ
kiberlain_NN
plays_VBZ
marie-therese_JJ
,_,
the_DT
real_JJ
love_NN
of_IN
beaumarchais_NP
's_POS
life_NN
._.
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
so_RB
likable_JJ
that_CS
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
may_MD
want_VB
to_IN
compete_VB
with_IN
her_PP$
for_IN
him_PP
._.
still_RB
,_,
with_IN
his_PP$
beguiling_JJ
smile_NN
,_,
one_CD
can_MD
never_RB
quite_RB
be_BE
sure_JJ
if_CS
you_PP
should_MD
trust_VB
him_PP
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
can_MD
be_BE
trusted_JJ
to_TO
deliver_VB
a_DT
high_JJ
old_JJ
time_NN
._.
beaumarchais_NP
:_:
the_DT
scoundrel_NN
runs_VBZ
41_CD
:_:
41_CD
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
in_IN
french_JJ
with_IN
english_JJ
subtitles_VBZ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
rated_VBN
but_CC
would_MD
be_BE
an_DT
r_NN
for_IN
some_DT
nudity_NN
and_CC
sex_NN
,_,
and_CC
should_MD
be_BE
fine_JJ
for_IN
most_DT
teenagers_NNS
._.