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La Marseillaise (1938)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Music | 17 April 1938 (Finland)
A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Jean Renoir (scenario), Carl Koch (collaboration) (as C. Koch) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Renoir ... Le Roi de France Louis XVI
Lise Delamare ... La Reine Marie-Antoinette (as Lise Delamare de la Comédie Française)
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Picard, le valet du roi
William Aguet William Aguet ... Duque de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
Elisa Ruis Elisa Ruis ... La princesse de Lamballe
Marie-Pierre Sordet-Dantès Marie-Pierre Sordet-Dantès ... Le Dauphin
Yveline Auriol Yveline Auriol ... La Dauphine
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Une suivante
Génia Vaury Génia Vaury ... Une suivante
Louis Jouvet ... Roederer, le procureur du département
Jean Aquistapace Jean Aquistapace ... Paul Giraud, le maire du village
Georges Spanelly Georges Spanelly ... La Chesnaye (as Spanelly)
Jaque Catelain ... Le capitaine Langlade
Pierre Nay Pierre Nay ... Dubouchage
Edmond Castel Edmond Castel ... Leroux (as Castel)
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A news-reel like movie about early part of the French Revolution, shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course the king Louis XVI, showing their own small problems. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Drama | History | Music | War

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

17 April 1938 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

La Marseillaise See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jean Renoir wrote about his link with the Popular Front movement, during the production of this film (1936-1938): "Il fut un moment où les Français crurent vraiment qu'ils allaient s'aimer les uns les autres. On se sentait porté par une vague de générosité." (Ma Vie et Mes Films, Flammarion, 1975) [For some time the French people did believe that they would love each other. One felt transported by a wave of generosity.] See more »

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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Summary of La Marseillaise
7 August 2005 | by HistoryDTESee all my reviews

Jean Renoir's classic tribute to the glory of the French Revolution, the film captures the personal flavor of the struggle and the philosophical background to the revolutionary upheaval. In a rapid series of vignettes we are introduced to the elegance and nobility of the court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette... the contrasting plight of French peasants governed by laws they cannot understand...the storming of the Bastille in 1789 by an undisciplined mob...the plotting of France's exiled nobility to return to power...the Republican march on Paris...and the capture of the Tuilleries in 1793, ending the revolution. The film follows the adventures of two young patriots who join the Peoples' army in Marseilles. As their battalion begins its long journey north to Paris to join with the Federate army, they adopt as their anthem a song from the Army of the Rhine. This song was soon to be known all over France as "La Marseillaise" and would lead the newly unified nation to victory.


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