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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 »

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Jean Renoir

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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 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Aristocrats aren't the only ones with stories to tell!
1 August 2007 | by CornelieSee all my reviews

Aside from being a brilliant film, at different times humorous and moving, LA MARSEILLAISE is hands down the most accurate film out there when it comes to the French Revolution.

Some have noted it's "one-sided" aspect, but allow me to make an observation: when royalists want to make a one-sided film on the French Revolution, they... make stuff up! Usually utter bilge, such as THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL or A TALE OF TWO CITIES, films (and original books) whose only basis in historical fact can be summed up as, yes, there was a revolution in France in 1789, and yes indeed, Britain and France are on opposite sides of the Channel. Those who support the republic, on the other hand, have typically had the scruples to actually *do their research* before setting out to mold the public's impressions of so momentous an historical event. Such is the case with LA MARSEILLAISE, where a large percentage of the dialog is taken from historical records. (In fact, the only real complaint one could have as far as historical accuracy goes is costuming, but I've yet to see any film from that era--1938, in this case--that had accurate costumes.)

All this is not to suggest that LA MARSEILLAISE is dull. Far from it! As mentioned before, LA MARSEILLAISE is witty and often poignant. In showing the Revolution from the point of view of ordinary citizens instead of aristocrats or well-known revolutionary leaders, the film shows to what point common citizens were dedicated to the ideals of the Revolution, as well as showing a human side to the "mob" so frequently portrayed.


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