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Queen Margot (1994)

La reine Margot (original title)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

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Guise (as Miguel Bosè)
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Condé (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
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The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest. Written by Oliver 'Asana' Duex <asana@popgate.tng.oche.de>

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Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality, and for graphic scenes of massacre | See all certifications »

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9 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Queen Margot  »

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DEM 42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,190, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,017,346
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Trivia

Monica Vitti turned down the role of Catherine de Médicis. See more »

Goofs

When Margot asks Henriette to take off her jewels at the end of the movie, her necklace suddenly disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Le Cardinal: Henri de Bourbon, do you take Marguerite de Valois as your wife?
Henri: I do.
Le Cardinal: Marguerite de Valois, do you take Henri de Bourbon, King of Navarre, as your husband?
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Le Cardinal: Marguerite de Valois, do you take... In the name of God, and His Holy Church, I join you in matrimony.
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Referenced in The Birth of a Queen: Directing a Drag Classic (2005) See more »

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Performed by Ofra Haza
(Ofra Haza (as Haza) - Goran Bregovic (as Bregovic))
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A breathtakingly beautiful piece of cinema
5 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Everything about this picture is beautiful, even the ugliness is beautiful...an oxymoron, but the only way I can describe it. This is a stunning tale of 16th century sex and violence, with a dirty realism, but still an overlay of beauty.

Isabelle Adjani is intense, beautiful, and sensuous as Margot, the highly sexed, intelligent and dutiful sister of the doomed King Charles IX of France. She is forced into a marriage of political and religious convenience by her bitterly ambitious mother, Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi) to the repulsive Henri Navarre (sympathetically played by Daniel Auteuil). There is a tremendous amount going on, and Margot's incest with her brothers is more than hinted at.

The searingly sensual Vincent Perez plays La Mole, who eventually becomes Margot's doomed lover. Their first encounter is an acrobatic feat of anonymous sex in an alleyway that is breath-taking. Their later love scenes are intensely erotic. This film only becomes better on repeat viewings. I found I was able to grasp more on my second viewing. There is so much going on, so many twists and turns and shocks, and the film is also quite long. It never lags, and even Margot's grudging tolerance, if not love, for her husband, is believingly portrayed. Very highly recommended.


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