The love of a Revolutionary's daughter and a royalist's son in the French Revolution.




Arthur Bernède


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Credited cast:
René Navarre ... Maxime Ardouin - le délégué aux armées de la République
Marthe Chaumont Marthe Chaumont ... La fille de Maxime aimée de Jacques
Maurice Lagrenée Maurice Lagrenée ... Jacques Cottereau
Maurice Schutz ... Jean Cottereau / Jean Chouan - un vieux Vendéen royaliste
Claude Mérelle ... Maryse Fleurus
Elmire Vautier Elmire Vautier ... La marquise de Thorigné
Anna Lefeuvrier Anna Lefeuvrier ... Marie-Victoire Lefranc
Jean-Paul de Baere Jean-Paul de Baere ... Nicolas Lefranc
Albert Decoeur Albert Decoeur ... Guillaume Lefranc
Jean Debucourt ... Maximilien de Robespierre
René Vignières René Vignières ... Louis-Antoine de Saint-Just
Daniel Mendaille ... François Marceau
Thomy Bourdelle Thomy Bourdelle ... Kléber
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Le marquis de Thorigné
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvette Armel Yvette Armel ... (as Yette Armel)


Marie-Claire, congressman Ardouin 's daughter ,is in love with Jacques ,Jean Chouan's son ,one of the leaders of the counter-revolutionary rebels .A member of committee of public safety , Ardouin is put in charge of suppressing the royalist Chouans in Brittany .There,Marie-Claire meets again Jacques who fights with his father in the rebels ranks .But her father falls into the countess of Carquefous 's clutches :this Femme Fatale has joined the revolutionaries because she has never forgiven the aristocrats their contempt:she was born a plebeian . Written by dbdumonteil

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22 January 1926 (France) See more »

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Romeo and Juliet in the French Revolution.
13 September 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Jean Chouan" was a mammoth serial in 8 episodes depicting an impossible love between a royalist Chouan and the daughter of a revolutionary, member of the committee of public safety ;a sweeping historical epic, well directed.

The Chouans were a royalist counter-revolutionary movement in the Vendée and in Brittany .

The 11th of July 1792 was the day the deputies declared the homeland "in danger" and the French join the army en masse.During the session, Danton appears and has his famous sentence about "daring" .

Marie-Claire, congressman Ardouin 's daughter ,is in love with Jacques ,Jean Chouan's son ,one of the leaders of the counter-revolutionary rebels :around them a lot of colorful characters :the Lefranc family ,the father joins the army as a soldier, his wife as a vivandière and his son as a drummer boy!Jean Chouan ,an adamant leader whose icons are God and his king ,and an aristocrat ,the marchioness of Thérigné.....The most interesting one is the countess of Carquefous,despised by her pairs (scene in the dungeon)because she was born a plebeian .Her desire for revenge makes her swell the ranks of the revolutionaries where she's nicknamed "the archangel of revolution" : becoming Ardouin 's mistress ,she's now a person of influence .

Apart from Danton,another historic person, general Marceau ,plays a prominent part in this far-fetched story :although he's fighting for the revolution,he shows himself a loyal human generous character,which he was ,according to historians (he would die in 1796).One should note that the movie is almost devoid of the usual cliché : the villains/blood-thirsty revolutionaries and the virtuous aristocrats victims of the fury .

"The perils of Pauline " in the revolutionary years :it's a long way to happiness for Romeo/Jacques and Juliette/Marie-Claire in a dissension which tears Brittany apart .

Like this? try these....

"Les Chouans" Henri Calef ,1946

"Chouans" Philippe De Broca ,1988

"Les Révoltés de Lomanach,Richard Pottier,1953

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