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Queen Margot (1994)

La reine Margot (original title)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director:

Patrice Chéreau

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Danièle Thompson (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Marguerite de Valois dite La Reine Margot
Daniel Auteuil ... Henri de Navarre
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Charles IX
Vincent Perez ... La Môle
Virna Lisi ... Catherine de Médicis
Dominique Blanc ... Henriette de Nevers
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Anjou
Claudio Amendola ... Coconnas
Miguel Bosé ... Guise (as Miguel Bosè)
Asia Argento ... Charlotte of Sauve
Julien Rassam Julien Rassam ... Alençon
Thomas Kretschmann ... Nançay
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Coligny
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Condé (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Albano Guaetta Albano Guaetta ... Orthon
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The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest. Written by Oliver 'Asana' Duex <asana@popgate.tng.oche.de>

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Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality, and for graphic scenes of massacre | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen Margot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,190, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,017,346
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene between Margot and La Mole, where they stand outdoors wrapped in nothing but a red cloak, was included for the American release even though it had not appeared in the original cut. The American distributors had insisted on the relationship between the two characters being more substantial (the romance was to become the focal point for the American marketing campaign). See more »

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At the end of the first scene after Coconnas has extinguished the candle, La Môle is shown in candle light again in the last shot. See more »

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Anjou: Welcome to the family Henri; it's a bit peculiar but not that bad.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Intense and absorbing
30 December 2006 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I don't pretend to know the minutiae of the historical record, but it was Definitely Not Dumas, or I lost it all in the English translations! Like many others I've always been fascinated by this episode in French history, a turbulent and savagely intolerant period and not only in France, but 1572 is yet another year that went down in infamy. This film portrays the complicated machinations performed by Catherine de Medici and her cohorts in furthering her Catholic ambitions for her country and debauched family against the perceived threat of dour Protestantism, and centred around the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre.

It's the rather beautiful Isabelle Adjani's stunning performance as Queen Margot that can leave you as breathless as she often is in the film, without her it would have been a much poorer film. She seemed to live the part, with every emotion imaginable on display. Would French breathlessness, or those huge rustling dresses sound as good dubbed into English?! On the other hand the rest of the cast are superb in their roles too, but especially Daniel Auteuil as Henri de Navarre and Jean Hugues Anglade as Charles IX, making them both extremely believable sympathetic characters when they weren't. The bloodbath and the anarchy of the Massacre and aftermath is vividly presented – we are not spared a single thing in the entire film, all manner of violence and depravity is non-gratuitously displayed. It's impossible to convey a part of what happens in this film – the same as it must have been impossible for the film to convey a fraction of what happened in that era too: it really is a must-see. I've seen it a number of times now since 1994 and I find something new I hadn't spotted before every time. It's a film that can make you realise (if you didn't before) that millions of ordinary folk all around the world could and still can believe in such arrant religious nonsense to the point of committing multiple ghastly murders in the name of empty air.

Apart from all that, it's a beautifully crafted film, the best of its kind there's ever been.


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