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Reign of Terror (1949)

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Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.



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Robespierre, a powerful figure in the French Revolution and the subsequent Reign of Terror, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked by him for the guillotine and a key to help him eventually emerge as the country's dictator. He hopes his agents will recover it, but, if it falls in to the wrong hands, it would mean his political ruin and death. Written by duke1029

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24 February 1950 (Finland)  »

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The Black Book  »

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Fouché: You had a visitor, I see.
Charles D'Aubigny: All work and no play?
Fouché: I thought you enjoyed your work.
Charles D'Aubigny: The real pleasure of my work went out with the guillotine. It's all over too fast now. Even hanging, that lasts for a few moments. No, Citizen Fouche. What this country needs is an elegant, slow death. Give a man four hours to die, it's worth watching.
Fouché: Let's try it sometime, shall we?
Charles D'Aubigny: Anyone in particular?
Fouché: Robespierre has a beautiful long list. We're gonna have some great times together, eh, Duval?
Charles D'Aubigny: Yes, I can ...
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Smart staging of the French Revolution on a "B" Movie budget
21 July 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

If you ever wanted to see period piece filmed with great economy, I'd recommend that you check out this movie.

The sets are amazingly bare. But with a few well-placed ornate props, and some smart lighting, creating lots of shadows - the small budget never calls attention to itself.

Don't forget, Anthony Mann shot this shortly after the noir classics T-MEN (1947) and RAW DEAL (1948). REIGN OF TERROR has that same hard-hitting gritty crime movie feel.

Historically inaccurate, perhaps (Maximilien Robespierre is referred to as "Max".) But a fun flick nonetheless.

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