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Episode #16: All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde)

Listen to Episode 16 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.

SUMMARY - All the Mornings of the World tells the story of reclusive composer Monsieur de Sainte Colombe and his two daughters from the perspective of Marin Marais. He recounts his time with the family and his journey to become a masterful viol musician through the teachings of Sainte Colombe.

Screenplay by Alain Corneau and Pascal Quignard; Directed by Alain Corneau, and released in France on December 18, 1991.


We started by explaining why this movie is on the list. Feel free to check our FAQ page for more, but even though it came out in 1992 in the US, it was first exhibited in 1991, making it eligible.

The movie starts with a long shot of Gérard Depardieu as Marin Marais listening to the King's court off-screen which leads into his narration of what had happened in the past.

As a young man (played by his son), he went to the house of Monsieur de Sainte Colombe to become his apprentice.

When he's refused, he hides with Sainte Colombe's daughter under the shack where Sainte Colombe spends most of his time playing.

The story does a great job of showing the emotional weight of Sainte Colombe. Absolutely masterful performance by Jean-Pierre Marielle

He composes in secret which allows him to be visited by the ghost of his dead wife.

Overall there is very little dialogue in the picture. Nearly everything is told through narration, but you still get a great sense of character and family relationships.

Near the end of the movie, Nikki and Jon had different interpretations and understandings of why Madeleine was sick. Who do you think was right?

Some shots purposefully recreated paintings, but others look like they could easily be turned into pieces from the period.

Awards Talk - We mostly discussed the near dominance this movie had over that year's Cesar Awards. It won 7 (including Best Film) and was nominated for 4 more.


This week our crime segment focused on the controversies and allegations against Gérard Depardieu.

If you want to read more, you can take a look at these resources.

For our TV coverage, we tried something new. The movie released in France on a Wednesday, which gave us a new day of the week to talk about and we found that there was a new episode of Unsolved Mysteries that same day. There are different episode lists depending on the source, but we're going with what is listed on IMDB and discussed the various mysteries found here:

On to music: The Top #1 US Song

Michael Jackson - Black or White - It's been quite a while since this song has been mentioned, surprisingly.

Top #1 UK Song

George Michael & Elton John - Don’t Let the Sun Come Down on Me - The duo makes their second appearance on the charts that we've covered.

Top #1 R&B Song

Shanice - I Love Your Smile. Here's a brand new one. Always good to see


Nikki 1-5 star scale - 4 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 3 out of 4

Would you watch it again? - Yes, but probably only through a Criterion Collection/Turner Classic Movies situation where we could get some additional context or commentary.

If you want to watch All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde), as of this recording on May 2021, it’s available on Vudu, Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.


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