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Colonel Chabert (1994)

Le colonel Chabert (original title)
Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory... See full summary »


Yves Angelo
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Le colonel-comte Amédé Chabert
Fanny Ardant ... Rose Chapotel, comtesse Ferraud
Fabrice Luchini ... Derville
André Dussollier ... Le comte Ferraud
Daniel Prévost ... Amédée Boucard - l'avoué
Olivier Saladin Olivier Saladin ... Hure
Maxime Leroux Maxime Leroux ... Le clerc Godeschal
Eric Elmosnino ... Desroches
Guillaume Romain Guillaume Romain ... Simonin
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ... Boutin
Claude Rich ... Chamblin
Jean Cosmos Jean Cosmos ... Costaz
Jacky Nercessian ... Delbecq
Albert Delpy ... Maître Sarrazin - le notaire
Marc Maidenberg Marc Maidenberg ... Un domestique


Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory, he goes back to Paris, where his "widow", Anne has married the Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power using Chabert's money. Chabert hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Trio op. 71 n° 1 ('Ghost') - Largo assai ed espressivo
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Régis Pasquier (Violin), Lluís Claret (Cello), Philippe Cassard (Piano)
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brilliant film in all respects
31 May 2006 | by jchametSee all my reviews

Most of other reactions by subscribers to this service were very apt, although that some found it slow or ambiguous puzzled me. Rather than ambiguous, it was complex and multi-layered in its meanings. One can see it as anti-war, because of the opening and closing scenes, and the folly of pretended grandeur, as how wonderful the cavalry men looked as they prepared for the great charge at Eylau, contrasted with its so horrible and disturbing conclusion, when we see the bloody uniforms, the boyish dead, etc--but chiefly, I see the film as about a moral man in an immoral society. At the end Chabert chooses retreat from the corrupt post-Napoleonic French world and opts for the simple pleasures provided by Derville (who himself is saved by his recognition of Chabert's basic decency and the morality of his choice of renunciation)--white bread, cheese, some wine and tobacco--over the riches he leaves to his wife, and her and society's dishonor. In her case, we can see the film as also feminist, in the position of women at that time, in which the only weapons Mme Chabert has are her charm, beauty, wiles and, ultimately, money.

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Release Date:

21 September 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,101, 26 December 1994

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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