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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.

Director:

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

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several lines in de Sade's play give the impression that Charlotte Corday was a royalist (as she was portrayed, for instance, in the British press at the time of her trial). In fact she belonged to a revolutionary sect, the Girondins, more moderate than Marat's. See more »

Quotes

Mental Patients: [simultaneously] Marat, we're poor. And the poor stay poor.
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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 »

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As vital and contemporary today as when it was first performed.
26 April 2000 | by monabeSee all my reviews

You do not need to know the details of French history to enjoy (?) this most astonishing and confrontational movie. Remember that this is a cinematic version of a play, and that Director Peter Brooks never loses sight of the physical presence and power that his original stage version was renowned for. Unlike many cinematic treatments of stage drama, this film is essentially theatre - the camera in fact intensifies the claustrophobic setting and puts the viewer in the front row. The performances are uniformly excellent : the intensity and conviction of the cast in their roles is exceptional. This is an emotionally draining, bravura movie that once seen, can not be forgotten.


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