France, 1801. Due to a minor, perceived slight mild-mannered Lieutenant d'Hubert is forced into a duel with the hot-headed, irrational Lieutenant Feraud. The disagreement ultimately results in scores of duels, spanning several years.
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Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor.Written by
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D'Hubert wears the uniform of the 3rd Hussars regiment, while Feraud wears that of the 7th. There were as many as twelve regiments of Hussars in the Naploeonic Army at its height. Their role as light cavalry was mainly scouting and skirmishing. They regarded themselves as the elite of the cavalry, although many saw them as reckless wild cards. Their colorful uniforms and glamorous, devil-may-care attitudes, were attractive to the ladies, and consequently they also had reputations for licentious behavior that often preceded them. They were renowned for their fighting spirit and fiercely guarded code of honor. The film captures all of these elements to various degrees. See more »
When Carradine is meeting with Finney, who sits down in a chair in front of a mirror, the very top of the camera is visible in the bottom of the mirror, as he sits down in his chair. See more »
The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
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Seems this film has left most viewers with only positive comments to make (quite rare actually). I agree with most of them.
This is a very believable film and is beautiful to watch in parts thanks to Scott's eye for design and natural beauty, esepecially regarding the use of light.
I was mesmerised to know how it was all going to end. I was so sure it was going to end tragically but then was surprised and elevated by the ending that showed the richness & depth of the human experience. I believe there's some meaning for us all in this movie. And I got to hear about this movie by accident!
An amazing quality of a film overall when you read about it's history, which was almost not made!
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