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Mazeppa (1993)

Based on Lord Byron's poem "Mazeppa" from 1819 and revolving around the painter Théodore Géticault, famous horse trainer and spectacle Bartabas takes art to another level.




Bartabas (story), Claude-Henri Buffard | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Bosé ... Gericault
Bartabas Bartabas ... Franconi
Brigitte Marty Brigitte Marty ... Mouste
Eva Schakmundes Eva Schakmundes ... Alexandrine
Fatima Aibout Fatima Aibout ... Cascabelle
Bakary Sangaré Bakary Sangaré ... Joseph
Norman Calabrese Norman Calabrese ... Ami de Géricault
Henri Carballido Henri Carballido ... Ami de Géricault
Frédéric Chavan Frédéric Chavan ... Ami de Géricault
Patrick Kabakdjian Patrick Kabakdjian ... Ami de Géricault
Michel Lacaille Michel Lacaille ... Ami de Géricault
Claire Leroy Claire Leroy ... Amie de Géricault
Bernard Malandain Bernard Malandain ... Ami de Géricault
Thierry Manuel Thierry Manuel ... Ami de Géricault
Jean-Marie Paulus Jean-Marie Paulus ... Ami de Géricault


Based on Lord Byron's poem "Mazeppa" from 1819 and revolving around the painter Théodore Géticault, famous horse trainer and spectacle Bartabas takes art to another level.

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Release Date:

13 October 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mazeppa: A Lenda de uma Paixão See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Exquisite fever dream, even if it runs down a bit towards the end
28 February 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

For about an hour, this fever dream fantasized vision of the brief life of the great horse painter Theodore Gericault really held me in it's thrall.

A fictional story with real characters, the film imagines that Gericault ran away to join the circus, but a circus run by Franconi, a great horseman, whose horses and riders in the film perform truly breathtaking feats. Franconi himself is portrayed as a leather mask wearing, frightening presence. But this sounds far more grounded in reality than this surreal film is to experience.

While the story didn't really even try tie together, the images of horses and humans were worthy of the best of Greenaway, as was the exquisite air of mystery.

But somehow the last 45 minutes felt more literal, more forced, and the film lost some of it's power. It felt like the film slowly evolves from a mysterious dream, to a story that needs to be neatly, if surreally tied up, By growing more literal, it lost some power and magic. But it's still a strong film, filled with some truly unforgettable images of horses and humans in various combinations.

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