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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:
... Georges-Jacques Danton
... Marie Antoinette
... Camille Desmoulins
... Louis XVI
... Maximilien-Marie-Isidore De Robespierre
Marianne Basler ... Gabrielle Danton
... André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
... Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
... Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
... Jean-Paul Mara, dit Marat
Jean-François Stévenin ... Louis Legendre
... Marie-Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
... L'envoyé du Pape (segment "Anées Lumière, Les")
... Abbé Maury (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Michel Duchaussoy ... Jean-Sylvain Bailly (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king 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 the King Louis XVI lost all 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 Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton, and Desmoulins. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Trivia

Soon after the two-part motion picture drastically bombed in theaters, an extended version was aired on French TV as a miniseries and a couple of scenes were used in commercials. See more »

Goofs

When Marat confronts Lafayette immediately before the National Guard fires into the crowd at the Champs de Mars, a modern wristwatch is visible on the man immediately behind and to the left of Marat. 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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Soundtracks

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano
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Surely the revolution wasn't as dull as this!
13 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I found this film disappointing. I hoped it would bring to life the French Revolution in an educational yet entertaining way. The film was successful in outlining key characters in the history and told the story in a straightforward manner, if rather focused on key individuals, rather than wider society. However, I feel it really failed to convey a real sense of the excitement, exhilaration, hope and horror that make the French Revolution a key moment in the history of the world. The film had all the hallmarks of having been made for TV: unimaginative camera angles, bad lighting, predictable slow pace etc. For a film which centers around an epic historical event it isn't a patch on Cromwell, The Passion of Christ or The Great Escape for example. It just dragged on, and at six hours long this isn't surprising. Having said all that, it is worth watching as a brief introduction to the events of the time.


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