3 user

The Song of Roland (1978)

La chanson de Roland (original title)
In the 11th-century epic Roland des Roncesvalles is a legendary knight from the age of chivalry in France. He is depicted as a key figure in halting the advance of the Arabs into France.


Frank Cassenti
1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Professor Paris Catalano visits Venice, to investigate the last known appearance of the famous vampire Nosferatu during the carnival of 1786.

Directors: Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence
Haine (1980)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A drifter on a motorcycle happens to be passing through a town immediately after a young school girl has been run over and killed by an unknown person on a motorcycle.

Director: Dominique Goult
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Maria Schneider, Patrice Melennec
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Based on a true story. Madame Claude, a well connected Parisienne with dark past, runs a network of high-class call girls. She sends her girls to any place in the world to satisfy sexual ... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Françoise Fabian, Dayle Haddon, Murray Head
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Elisabeth, a 11 year old girl, visits Marcel, a mute gardener every morning with whom she shares a very particular friendship. During three years, their bond grows stronger, as Marcel seems to be the only person she can connect to.

Director: Raphaële Billetdoux
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Pénélope Palmer, Michel Robin
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Young Sigmund Freud discovers the ultimate answer to all his patient's problems - hypnosis. Hilarity ensues.

Director: Danford B. Greene
Stars: Bud Cort, Carol Kane, Klaus Kinski
Paganini (1989)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Kinski
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Trinity is an ex-gunslinger desperately wanting to be forgiven and accepted by his family that he abandoned years earlier. Unfortunately for him, a ruthless bounty hunter is on his trail. ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Balcázar
Stars: George Martin, Marina Malfatti, Klaus Kinski
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Stéphane Audran
Love & Money (1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A billionaire businessman hires a man to influence a South American dictator. He winds up having an affair with the billionaire's wife.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Ray Sharkey, Ornella Muti, Klaus Kinski
Steppenwolf (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Haines
Stars: Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of seclusion, covering with a dark veil ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Katia Christine, Marzia Damon
Woyzeck (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he can not control.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann


Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Roland / Klaus
Alain Cuny ... Turpin / Le moine
Dominique Sanda ... Anna
Pierre Clémenti ... Olivier / Le clerc
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Marsile / Turold / Charlemagne
Monique Mercure ... Marie
Niels Arestrup ... Le commerçant / Oton
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Pair Marsile / Ganelon / Thierry
László Szabó ... Duc Naimes / Chevalier hongrois
Mario Gonzales Mario Gonzales ... Blancandrin / Jeannot, le voleur
Yvan Labejoff Yvan Labejoff ... Turgis / L'esclave noir (as Yvan Labejof)
Isabelle Mercanton Isabelle Mercanton ... Femme commercant
Dominique Valentin Dominique Valentin ... La fille du seigneur
Marilu Marini Marilu Marini ... La femme du seigneur
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le Seigneur


Roland des Roncesvalles is a legendary knight from the age of chivalry in France. In the 11th-century epic La Chanson de Roland, he is depicted as a key figure in halting the advance of the Arabs into France. In this story, the 10th-century legend is staged by a group of 12th-century pilgrims using the 11th-century poem. Their acting is interrupted by a violent peasant uprising, which kills many of the pilgrims. However, one of the survivors, is converted to the peasant cause and later speaks out in favor of more just treatment for the downtrodden. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

4 October 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Roland See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Epic poem
17 October 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

If you have seen Frank Casssenti's previous effort ,"L'Affiche Rouge" ,you will notice it's based on the same pattern: thespians who recreate events of their past: WW2 resistant fighters martyrs seen by 1976 comedians in "L'Affiche" , count Roland's saga in Carolus Magnus' time circa 800 seen by troubadours of the twelfth century in "la Chanson De Roland ".There's a big difference though: the Nazi reprisals are historic facts whereas "La Chanson De Roland" was written at the end of the eleventh century,thus long after the so called events .(the historians tell us,for instance,that Roland was killed by the Basques,not by the Sarazens .

"La Chanson De Roland " was written to glorify the chivalry,to sing their praises ,and in the end,to vindicate the three classes of the French society of the Middle-Ages (one of the characters hints at it):those who pray,those who fight and those who work.In a Marxist vision of this Chanson De Geste, the director's main purpose is to show us that this legend is the medieval "opium of the people" ;so is religion,as we see this "Pilgrim's Progress" through these dark times -although modern historians such as Regine Pernoud told us that the Middle-Ages were not such a dark period- : fever,famine,pillagers.

In its form ,after "L'Affiche Rouge" ,it's more of the same:"the show in the show".But the "Chanson De Geste" was performed in the castles with a great economy of means: spoken,sung ,mimed ;in the movie it's given a cinematographic treatment ,with some stage performances ,just like the 1976 work.This is debatable,if the movie should be shown by teachers as the precedent user suggests.

The movie stars Pierre Clementi,who was in "l'Affiche rouge";also featured are ambitious thespians such as Alain Cuny and Dominique Sanda (wasted) as well as a cast-against type Klaus Kinski as Roland/the comedian.Jean -Claude Brialy briefly appears.

The moral of the movie is Crystal clear: you can carry on with your pilgrimage to Compostella ,or take a rebel stand and join the rebellious peasants ;that's what the comedian who plays Roland does,forgetting a hero from an obscure past epitomizing a regime which will last till August 1789 in France.

Like this? Try this.......

"La Voie Lactée" Luis Bunuel,1969.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed