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La révolution française (1989)

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux, he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Georges-Jacques Danton
Jane Seymour ... Marie Antoinette
François Cluzet ... Camille Desmoulins
Jean-François Balmer ... Louis XVI
Andrzej Seweryn ... Maximilien-Marie-Isidore De Robespierre
Marianne Basler ... Gabrielle Danton
Peter Ustinov ... André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Claudia Cardinale ... Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Sam Neill ... Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Jean-Paul Mara, dit Marat
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Louis Legendre
Gabrielle Lazure ... Marie-Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
Massimo Girotti ... L'envoyé du Pape (segment "Anées Lumière, Les")
Michel Galabru ... Abbé Maury (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Michel Duchaussoy ... Jean-Sylvain Bailly (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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Storyline

A history of the French Revolution from the decision of King Louis XVI to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the story from 1789 until August 10, 1792 (when King Louis XVI lost all of his authority and was put in prison). The second part carries the story through the end of the terror in 1794, including the deaths by guillotine of King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton, and Desmoulins. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Trivia

Katherine Flynn (Madame Royale) and Sean Flynn (Le Dauphin) are the real life children of Jane Seymour (Marie Antoinette). See more »

Goofs

The guillotined bodies were obviously human-sized props. As soon the guillotine decapitated the head, there should have been blood squirting. See more »

Quotes

Camille Desmoulins: [Danton has just called Robespierre a eunuch] Well, how did it go?
Georges-Jacques Danton: I could have been more diplomatic.
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Connections

Referenced in La révolution française: Journal du film (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano
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best film about the French revolution
4 September 2010 | by ymatusevichSee all my reviews

This is absolutely the best film on French revolution, and maybe on any revolution. Unfortunately, it is very hard to find, very very hard. I have been trying for years. A must. Brandauer is absolutely believable and stunning. He is my favorite actor anyway and he is, by far, the best Danton, although I do love Depardieu's performance. I saw this film ten years ago in France and still cannot forget it. Since then I have been trying to purchase it for my classes and for my students and have been unsuccessful so far. They keep it like a big secret. I never understood why. Maybe because the revolution was shown in its true colors? Even in France this film is not shown very often, hard to find and not known enough. The dialogs are fantastic, all acting fabulous. Highly recommended.


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France | Italy | West Germany | Canada | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 October 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (part 1) | (part 2)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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