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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
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In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

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In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

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German writer Heinrich Von Kleist's character Michael Kohlhaas questioned why should anybody be treated badly ?
6 January 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It is on more than one occasion that German writer Heinrich Von Kleist (1777-1811) has turned out to be useful for French cinema. Firstly, it was Eric Rohmer who chose to make a film based on his work "Marquise d'O". After Rohmer, it is French director Arnaud De Pallières who chose to make a film based on one of Kleist most famous novellas "Michael Kohlhaas" with striking differences as instead of choosing a German style, he opted for a French setting in order to furnish Gallic touches to his film. The resulting film can be viewed from two angles which highlight the notions of equal rights and justice for all. From one angle, it is an ethical story which closely examines the concepts of good, bad, just, unjust, fair and unfair. It can also be viewed by many as a tale of revenge. The real Michael Kohlhass rose against noblemen of his times when his horses were taken and his wife murdered. There are not many critics who have commented upon this film's erotic elements as it has some passionate love making scenes. The role which religion played in all matters related to people and nobles is explained through the intervention of Martin Luther. His decision to support Michael Kohlhass suggests the say which religion had in legal matters. It is not only due to an ensemble star cast made up of French actors that Arnaud De Pallières' film "Michael Kohlhaas" gets a French look and feel but also due to its setting from which Cévennes region was chosen to film most scenes. For this reason, Arnaud De Pallières would be remembered for a long time to come as he has faithfully recreated old Prussia in Cévennes,France. Lastly, it needs to be stated that as a film "Michael Kohlhass" is 122 minutes of delightful, high quality cinematographic experience for which director Arnaud De Pallières had three great directors as inspiration : Werner Herzog (Aguirre), Akira Kurosawa (The Seven Samurai) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev)


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