In 1792, the French army is fighting on an empty stomach. A baron commissions Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle to inspire the troops with a new marching song. He's soon completed the music and lyrics of "Le Marseillaise." We see the revolutionaries adopt the song as their own. To de Lisle's regret, the song he had hoped would bring French unity becomes an anthem for French killing French. He's arrested and his on his way to the guillotine when the procession halts. Can he explain the meaning of the song and escape an early death? Written by
This is a remarkably ambitious short film from a talented B-movie director. During a turbulent political time, the French Nobility hire composer Claude Rouget (Leon Ames) to write a new anthem to inspire the people of France and support the army. Rouget writes what would become France's national anthem. But it backfires, and only inspires the angry masses to revolt. The film is about misplaced patriotism and forgetting the basic principals of liberty. And reminds us that sometimes we need only look to the simple lyrics of a song to know what is wrong and right. Ames is a powerful lead as the French composer, and the extras casting is brilliant. A fantastic short!
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