Royal Affairs in Versailles

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Royal Affairs in Versailles
Royal Affairs in Versailles poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sacha Guitry
Produced by Sacha Guitry
Ignace Morgenstern
Clément Duhour (executive producer)
Written by Sacha Guitry (scenario & dialogue)
Music by Jean Françaix
Cinematography Pierre Montazel
Edited by Raymond Lamy
Distributed by Cocinor (France)
Times Film Corporation (USA)
Mondial (UK)[1]
Release date
  • 9 March 1954 (1954-03-09) (France)
  • 8 March 1957 (1957-03-08) (U.S.)
  • 1960 (1960) (UK)
Running time
165 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 6,986,788 admissions (France)[2][3]

Royal Affairs in Versailles (French title: Si Versailles m'était conté) is a 1954 French historical drama directed by Sacha Guitry. Described as "a historical film showing Versailles from its beginnings to the present day",[4] it tells some episodes through portrayal of the personalities who lived in Versailles' castle. Its sister films are Napoléon (1955) and If Paris Were Told to Us (1956).[5]

The film is notable for the presence of a great number of well-known French actors, often appearing in short parts. One unknown actor playing a major character is Gilbert Bokanowski (credited as Gilbert Boka) portraying Louis XVI. Bokanowski was actually the film's production manager and was cast because of his strong resemblance to the monarch.

Its English translation title is If Versailles Were Told to Me. Despite French production, the film is best known by its English title Royal Affairs in Versailles.[6]


Historical human stories in connection with the Royal Palace, the Chateau of Versailles.



  1. ^ "Company Credits". imdb. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Box Office Figures for Jean Marais films". Box Office Story. 
  3. ^ "Si Versailles m'était conté (1954)". 
  4. ^ Lanzoni, R. (30 October 2014). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan US. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-137-10019-1. 
  5. ^ Royal Affairs in Versailles on IMDb
  6. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Royal Affairs in Versailles". allmovie. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 

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