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La nuit de Varennes (1982)

In June of 1791, a group of passengers in a stagecoach find themselves caught up in the events of the French Revolution, when they find themselves in the city of Varennes when ... See full summary »

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (screenplay and dialogue), Ettore Scola (screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Nicolas Edmé Restif de la Bretonne
Marcello Mastroianni ... Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt
Hanna Schygulla ... Countess Sophie de la Borde
Harvey Keitel ... Thomas Paine
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Monsieur Jacob
Andréa Ferréol ... Madame Adélaïde Gagnon
Michel Vitold Michel Vitold ... De Florange
Laura Betti ... Virginia Capacelli
Enzo Jannacci Enzo Jannacci ... Italian clown
Pierre Malet Pierre Malet ... Emile Delage, student revolutionary
Daniel Gélin ... De Wendel
Hugues Quester ... Jean-Louis Romeuf
Dora Doll ... Nanette Precy
Caterina Boratto ... Madame Faustine
Didi Perego Didi Perego ... Madame Sauce
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Storyline

In June of 1791, a group of passengers in a stagecoach find themselves caught up in the events of the French Revolution, when they find themselves in the city of Varennes when revolutionists arrest the fleeing King Louis. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

16 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La noche de Varennes See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(short version) (dubbed) (short) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Casanova: Place au Chevalier de Seingalt et à Monsieur de la Bretonne! Place au génie!
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Alternate Versions

The Italian dubbed version runs 122 minutes, mostly due to the removal of the final speech when Restif talks to the audience. See more »

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Has gotten better in cold storage: now let it out!
18 March 2007 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

After having been annoyed by the candy cane music video of Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," I went in search of this film again. I had remembered liking "La Nuit de Varennes" when it came out, but 25 years later it looks much, much better.

A hostile person once defined French film as people saying wounding things to each other for an hour and a half, then somebody dies of cancer or a gunshot. This film redeems the stereotype, as people say wounding things to each other for over two hours and nobody dies (on camera, anyway).

Imagine "Stagecoach" with politics instead of Catholic redemption, then add a solid, witty script and great acting. Veterans Barrault and Mastroianni give canny, memorable performances and everybody else is just fine.

If your model for the movies is the roller-coaster or the video game, you will scream in agony. If you would prefer not to be insulted, this film will be balm for the soul.

Since the powers that be have decreed that this film shall fall between the cracks, it's worth a little research to find it on DVD. Google "That Night in Varennes" and check the first dozen results. It's the best we can do until the delinquent owners of the film come to their senses.


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