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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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In the scene where La Mole and Coconnas are being dragged, alive, from a cart full of dead people at a mass burial site, you can clearly see a 'dead body' in the background blink its eyes. See more »

Quotes

Charles IX: One who gives life is no longer a mother once she takes that life back.
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Referenced in Paparazzi (1998) See more »

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Elohi
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(Ofra Haza (as Haza) - Goran Bregovic (as Bregovic))
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A bloody French history lesson
27 September 2000 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

French dynastic history in the late 16th century does not seem a promising subject for a film, but Patrice Chereau, a prominent French stage director, has teased out some personal drama out of the larger historical picture, and provided a vivid and absorbing tale. The story itself is adapted from Alexandre Dumas' novel, which is a pretty highly colored piece to begin with. Chereau theatrically plasters the set with blood and gore, and we are left in no doubt that an atrocity has occurred (the St Bartholomew's day massacre of the Hugenots.) The mendacious Queen Mother, Catherine di Medici, and her weak-minded son, Charles IX, seem to have set it off to deal with the protestant problem without realizing how bad it might get.

In all this horror is the rather cute tale of the relationship between two disparate personalities thrown together in marriage, Catherine's daughter Margo and Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France, and one of its better kings). Margo is repulsed at first sight by Henry `the peasant' while Henry rightly regards her as about as loving as a trapped tiger. Yet they reach an accommodation and finish up friends. Both have other lovers (and both respect that) but neither can prevent the lovers from coming to sticky ends.

It's always a bit hard to assess the acting when you are relying on sub-titles (if only the French didn't speak so fast) but Isabella Adjani at the age of 40 pulled off a remarkable job and had me convinced she really was a spoilt, willful little nymphomaniac in her early 20's. She looked as young as she did in the `Story of Adele H' 20 years earlier. Daniel Auteuil was also excellent as the unprepossessing but very intense and quick-thinking Henry. Virna Lisi, a sex symbol in her earlier film career, made a good villainess as Catherine. Most of the other principals seem to have been chosen for their looks by rent-an-ego casting though Jean-Huges Anglade was suitably pathetic as the doomed King Charles.

The rather claustrophobic sets brought home the medieval lack of privacy, even (perhaps especially) in royal palaces – the old Louvre was about as spacious as the ‘loo. The film fades a bit in the second half, but it's still not a bad story, if at times a bit difficult to follow. I have to say I found `Elizabeth' more interesting and a lot less bloody. Anyway, `Margo' is very French, and not to be judged by Hollywood standards (whatever they are).


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