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The Children of the Century (1999)

Les enfants du siècle (original title)
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The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content ... See full summary »

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Diane Kurys

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... George Sand
Benoît Magimel ... Alfred de Musset
Stefano Dionisi ... Pietro Pagello
Robin Renucci ... François Buloz
Karin Viard ... Marie Dorval
Isabelle Carré ... Aimée d'Alton
Patrick Chesnais ... Gustave Planche
Arnaud Giovaninetti Arnaud Giovaninetti ... Alfred Tattet
Denis Podalydès ... Sainte-Beuve
Olivier Foubert Olivier Foubert ... Paul de Musset
Marie-France Mignal Marie-France Mignal ... Mme. de Musset
Michel Robin ... Larive
Ludivine Sagnier ... Hermine de Musset
Victoire Thivisol ... Solange (as Victoire)
Julien Léal Julien Léal ... Maurice
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The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content of her writing. Though Sand (otherwise known as the Baroness Dudevant) smoked cigars and cross-dressed, it was the boldness of her writing on issues such as the abstinence of marriage and women's frigidity that most contributed to the scandalous reputation she earned in French literary circles. When she met Alfred de Musset, the most gifted poet of his generation, the two quickly became a public cause celebrity while their work would go on to become some of the finest examples of 19th century romanticism. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A passion too great to control. See more »


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children of the Century See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,044, 15 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,912, 29 December 2002
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in the actual rooms in the Hotel Danieli which Sand and Musset stayed in. See more »

Quotes

Alfred de Musset: We were born into a world in ruins, with no glory or wars to die for. Despair was our only religion.
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Alternate Versions

The original French theatrical version, which runs at 135 mins begins as Sand plans to leave her husband and Musset's father dies. This version continues after their final meeting as Sand begins to write her story and attempts in vain to see Musset one last time. This version ends with a direct to camera address by Sand at Musset's tomb. A shorter theatrical version was released in Germany, Spain, UK and US which begins with Sand reading from "Lélia" and ends with Sand and Musset's final meeting. It runs at 105 mins. This version contains two new scenes: Sand and Musset being introduced to each other and a dance sequence. However the opening sequences featuring Sands arrival in Paris during an uprising and her relationship with Marie Dorval are lost, as are the closing scenes as she attempts to see Musset a final time. Most DVD releases have favored the Original 135 min version which was more critically popular. See more »

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Version of A Song to Remember (1945) See more »

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Beautiful but Flawed
10 January 2003 | by donalohanlonSee all my reviews

Diane Kury's oppulent film is a mixed bag. In it's favour it features

real life lovers Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel on excellent

form. As Alfred de Musset Magimel gives us a young man

completely out of his mind on a cocktail of opium and absinthe. A

man deeply creative and talented, but unable to function as a

human being. Binoche's George Sand is a strong a determined

woman. The scene where she finds that Musset may die after

overdosing is wonderfully performed with passion and grandeur.

The film comes alive in her eyes. As filmed by Vilko Filac and

dressed by Christian La Croix, Binoche has never looked more

beautiful or sensual.

However Kurys' direction and her screenplay, co-written by

Francois Olivier Rousseau and Murray Head, lacks direction and

understanding of her period. The brothel scenes are particularly

over the top. Yet her direction of her actor is magnificent.

What is missing from Kurys' film most of all however is Sand and

Musset as writers, as creative masters. There is no sense of their

value in the film beyond their doomed love affair.

Les Enfants du Siecle is a mixed bag, but certainly worth a look.


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