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La reine Margot (1954)

Two riders ride to Paris carrying a message for their respective lords. One is a faithful servant of Henry of Navarre, the other of the Duke of Guise.


Jean Dréville




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Marguerite de Valois, "La Reine Margot" / Queen Margot
Armando Francioli Armando Francioli ... Joseph Peyrac La Môle / Duke of Mole
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... Charles IX
Henri Génès ... Annibal de Coconas (as Henri Genès)
Françoise Rosay ... Catherine de Médicis / Catharine of Medici
André Versini André Versini ... Henri de Navarre / Henry of Navarra
Fiorella Mari Fiorella Mari ... Henriette
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Henri d'Anjou
Patrizia Lari Patrizia Lari ... Carlotta
Nicole Riche Nicole Riche ... Gilonne
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... L'amiral de Coligny
Guy Kerner Guy Kerner ... Le duc de Guise
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Le gouverneur de la prison / Prison Governor
Jean Témerson Jean Témerson ... L'aubergiste de 'La belle étoile' (as Jean Temmerson)
Olivier Mathot Olivier Mathot ... Pierre


Two riders ride to Paris carrying a message for their respective lords. One is a faithful servant of Henry of Navarre, the other of the Duke of Guise.

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16th century | based on novel | See All (2) »




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France | Italy



Release Date:

25 November 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bartholomäusnacht See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Dréville's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas père novel
1 August 2017 | by albawhallSee all my reviews

Imprimis: J.G. Correa's critique contained an error--"Nota Bene that the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre was NOT re-enacted in this Abel The Abel Gance/Jean Dréville version." My memory of the film disputes that error in the critique It most indubitably WAS "re-enacted".

I saw the film in 1954 in a village named Yatchi near Sendai in Honshu, Japan when I was a mere stripling of ten years. I fled the movie house when the massacre of St. Bartholomew was enacted, traumatized by the sight of Huguenot women being stripped of their shifts and then put to the sword by the Catholic subjects of Charles IX. As a young American film-goer I had never seen female nudity on the screen. Earlier in the film, Jeanne Moreau as Queen Margot wears a see-through chemise where one's voyeuristic sense was aroused by the sight of her nipples et al. In comparison, American historical films were sanitized and the McCarthyite atmosphere of the time would have not allowed such a film to be shown on American soil. Nevertheless in post-war Japan it was screened along with other French films noires featuring the great Jean Gabin in a primitive movie house with wooden benches to sit upon. An excellent film which I truncated by not waiting to see it to the end.

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