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Marat/Sade (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Music | 13 April 1967 (Sweden)
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In an insane asylum, Marquis de Sade directs Jean Paul Marat's last days through a theater play. The actors are the patients.

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Peter Brook

Writers:

Peter Weiss (play), Geoffrey Skelton (English translation by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Magee ... Marquis de Sade
Ian Richardson ... Jean-Paul Marat
Michael Williams ... Herald
Clifford Rose ... Monsieur Coulmier
Glenda Jackson ... Charlotte Corday
Freddie Jones ... Cucurucu
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ... Kokol
John Hussey ... Newly Rich Lady
William Morgan Sheppard ... A Mad Animal
Jonathan Burn ... Polpoch
Jeanette Landis Jeanette Landis ... Rossignol
Robert Langdon Lloyd Robert Langdon Lloyd ... Jacques Roux (as Robert Lloyd)
John Steiner ... Monsieur Dupere
James Mellor James Mellor ... Schoolmaster
Henry Woolf ... Father
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Storyline

July 13, 1808 at the Charenton Insane Asylum just outside Paris. The inmates of the asylum are mounting their latest theatrical production, written and produced by who is probably the most famous inmate of the facility, the Marquis de Sade. The asylum's director, M. Coulmier, a supporter of the current French regime led by Napoleon, encourages this artistic expression as therapy for the inmates, while providing the audience - the aristocracy - a sense that they are being progressive in inmate treatments. Coulmier as the master of ceremonies, his wife and daughter in special places of honor, and the cast, all of whom are performing the play in the asylum's bath house, are separated from the audience by prison bars. The play is a retelling of a period in the French Revolution culminating with the assassination exactly fifteen years earlier of revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat by peasant girl, Charlotte Corday. The play is to answer whether Marat was a friend or foe to the people of France. ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | History | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Perseguição e o Assassinato de Jean-Paul Marat Desempenhados Pelos Loucos do Asilo de Charenton Sob a Direção do Marquês de Sade See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The full title of the original Broadway play was "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade" which opened on December 27, 1965 at the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 145 performances. Ian Richardson, Michael Williams, Clifford Rose, Glenda Jackson, Freddie Jones, Hugh Sullivan, John Hussey, William Morgan Sheppard, Jonathan Burn, Jeanette Landis, Paul Robert Langdon, John Steiner, James Mellor, Henry Woolf, John Harwood, Leon Lissek, Susan Williamson, Carol Raymont, Mary Allen, Robert Lloyd, Jacques Roux, Patrick Magee, Mark Jones, Brenda Kempner, Maroussia Frank, Tamara Fuerst, Lynn Pinkney, Ian Hogg, Ruth Baker, Michael Farnsworth, Guy Gordon, Michael Percival, Heather Canning, Jennifer Tudor, Tim Hardy, and Stanford Trowell recreated their stage roles in the movie version. The original play was written by Peter Weiss, with the English translation by Geoffrey Skelton. See more »

Quotes

Four Singers: Now, your enemies fall / We're beheading them all / Duperret and Corday executed in the same old way.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits - the play's title, stage credits and the actors appearing in the film - pop on the screen, one word at a time, until it is filled. The closing credits - the film's production staff - start off with a full screen of words; they then pop off the screen, one word at a time, until it is completely empty...just as it was when the film began. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first VHS video release of the film, through Water Bearer Films, includes an expositional opening monologue over the opening titles on black. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Máme rádi Cesko: Episode dated 27 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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Extraordinary, beautifully performed, yet terribly disturbing
20 February 2000 | by VeiVaiSee all my reviews

It was hard for me to follow the film because I know very little about the French Revolution and also because of my english competency. But I was fascinated by the plot itself and by how beautifully it was performed. While watching this, I felt disturbed and something uncomfortable in my stomach. I guess it is because of the bizarre appearances of the characters. The final scene was also greatly disturbing, even though it was somehow predictable from the numerous ruptures in the earlier parts of the play.


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