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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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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

Soon after the two-part movie drastically bombed in theaters, an extended version was aired on French television as a mini-series, and a couple of scenes were used in commercials. See more »

Goofs

When Danton is being conveyed to the guillotine, Klaus Maria Brandauer's hands are tied behind his back in some shots but not in others. 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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21 September 2020 | by kaljicSee all my reviews

Let me say first that there is no "official" version of this film with English subtitles. I got creative and indeed found the French language version with English subtitles. It was well worth the effort. This is a story of the French Revolution, and it shows how ordinary and historically well-known individuals were affected by the turn of events. The characters of those individuals are well-acted, not overly-melodramatic. I would say that the acting was toned down a bit and displayed basically how you would expect people to react under the similar situations. There was none of the "Ah, tis a far, far better thing I do, ..." histrionics or gesturing, as if the characters were speaking for history. Of all the FR pictures I have seen, the movie depicts the great chaos and energy the Revolution triggered. It is historically accurate, but it avoids the sterile type of presentation found in other docu-dramas or documentaries and has the unusual ability to grab your attention, even for its five and a half hour length.


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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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Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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