The Princesse of Montpensier : from Novel to Film

Project Details


The Princess of Montpensier, published anonymously in 1662, was the first novel of Madame de La Fayette, a 17th century French writer. In 2010, the French movie producer Bernard Tavernier adopted this short historical novel into a movie of one hour and fifty minutes. In the film "The Princess and Her Lover", Tavernier strived to represents various aspects of life, the French court society and frequent religious conflicts under the Renaissance, the heroine’s emotional entanglement with four men in her life, to make the protagonists on paper leapt to the screen. This article aims to discuss the adaptation of the film"The Princess and Her Lover" based on the novel The Princess of Montpensier: the technique of transformation, expansion and compensation. The novel of the 17th century was created with implicit and roundabout language, all stops at innuendo, and the way of film lies in extension and expansion. The implicit language of the novel was transforming into detailed scenery expression. This study will focus on the followings:1.The modernity and creativity of the lecture and the adaptation of The Princess of Montpensier in the 21st century.2.Tavernier used movie as a tool to represent the work through the development of images and the potentiality.3.What personal intent does the director have in remaking the 17th century novel into the 21st century, able to be in line with contemporary thinking and ideology?
Effective start/end date1/08/1931/12/21

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Madame de Lafayette
  • Bertrand Tavernier
  • La Princesse de Montpensier
  • transposition
  • History


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