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La Marseillaise (1938)

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 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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Trivia

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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pleasant historical piece
24 October 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was an opportunity to view the French revolution from the view of the common people. Most viewers have only seen, perhaps, A TALE OF TWO CITIES or THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, so this film does offer fresh insights. However, to me, some of the dialog and one-sidedness of the film seemed as one-dimensional as the other two movies I just mentioned.

The film deals with events from 1789 to 1792 and so it really doesn't delve into the bloodier years of the Reign of Terror. It is understandable that these abuses aren't covered in depth, but to omit the be-headings completely seems rather dishonest. I'd really like to see a film that gives a balanced view of this period, but have yet to see it--and that's a shame, as it's a fascinating and tumultuous period.

FYI--From my point of view as a history teacher, it does seem amazing that within only two years of the completion of this very rousing and patriotic film the French capitulated to the Nazis.


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