La Marseillaise (1938)

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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Renoir ...
Lise Delamare ...
La Reine Marie-Antoinette (as Lise Delamare de la Comédie Française)
Léon Larive ...
Picard, le valet du roi
William Aguet ...
Duque de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
Elisa Ruis ...
Marie-Pierre Sordet-Dantès ...
Yveline Auriol ...
La Dauphine
Pamela Stirling ...
Une suivante
Génia Vaury ...
Une suivante
Jean Aquistapace ...
Paul Giraud, le maire du village
Georges Spanelly ...
La Chesnaye (as Spanelly)
Le capitaine Langlade
Pierre Nay ...
Edmond Castel ...
Leroux (as Castel)


A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, showing their own small problems. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

17 April 1938 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La Marseillaise  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jean Renoir wrote about his link with the Popular Front movement, during the production of this film (1936-1938): "Il fut un moment où les Français crurent vraiment qu'ils allaient s'aimer les uns les autres. On se sentait porté par une vague de générosité." (Ma Vie et Mes Films, Flammarion, 1975) [For some time the French people did believe that they would love each other. One felt transported by a wave of generosity.] See more »


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Musique ancienne
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Aristocrats aren't the only ones with stories to tell!
1 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aside from being a brilliant film, at different times humorous and moving, LA MARSEILLAISE is hands down the most accurate film out there when it comes to the French Revolution.

Some have noted it's "one-sided" aspect, but allow me to make an observation: when royalists want to make a one-sided film on the French Revolution, they... make stuff up! Usually utter bilge, such as THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL or A TALE OF TWO CITIES, films (and original books) whose only basis in historical fact can be summed up as, yes, there was a revolution in France in 1789, and yes indeed, Britain and France are on opposite sides of the Channel. Those who support the republic, on the other hand, have typically had the scruples to actually *do their research* before setting out to mold the public's impressions of so momentous an historical event. Such is the case with LA MARSEILLAISE, where a large percentage of the dialog is taken from historical records. (In fact, the only real complaint one could have as far as historical accuracy goes is costuming, but I've yet to see any film from that era--1938, in this case--that had accurate costumes.)

All this is not to suggest that LA MARSEILLAISE is dull. Far from it! As mentioned before, LA MARSEILLAISE is witty and often poignant. In showing the Revolution from the point of view of ordinary citizens instead of aristocrats or well-known revolutionary leaders, the film shows to what point common citizens were dedicated to the ideals of the Revolution, as well as showing a human side to the "mob" so frequently portrayed.

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