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La révolution française (1989)

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.
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Marianne Basler ...
Gabrielle Danton
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André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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Jean-Paul Mara, dit Marat
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Louis Legendre
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Marie-Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
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L'envoyé du Pape (segment "Anées Lumière, Les")
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Abbé Maury (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Jean-Sylvain Bailly (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the story from 1789 until August 10, 1792 (when the King Louis XVI lost all his authority and was put in prison). The second part carries the story through the end of the terror in 1794, including the deaths by guillotine of Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton, and Desmoulins. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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25 October 1989 (France)  »

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Originally filmed in English as well as French in order to allow a broader release. See more »

Goofs

When Danton is being conveyed to the guillotine, Klaus Maria Brandauer's hands are tied behind his back in some shots but not in others. See more »

Quotes

Camille Desmoulins: [Danton has just called Robespierre a eunuch] Well, how did it go?
Georges-Jacques Danton: I could have been more diplomatic.
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Soundtracks

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano
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Fantastic!!!
30 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I totally HATE history, yet this movie made me actually admire the idea behind learning about history. I got into it so much that I wanted to learn more about other historical events at one point.

The funny thing was, we were forced to watch it french class when I was in grade 9 and I was the only one who really paid attention it seems. Not too many people were feeling the story I guess, but again to have the tiniest interest in history is what's needed to get through this one.

Yes it's super long but the acting is fantastic. It was filmed quite well, and I gotta say has it's bloody points too! It's got some tame gory parts to it (the guillotine), and when people get gunned down etc etc. Overall a great movie that I think everyone should check out!


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