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Jacquou le croquant 

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Series cast summary:
Edmond Ardisson ...  Antoine 6 episodes, 1969
Claude Cerval ...  Le Comte de Nansac 6 episodes, 1969
Jacques Danoville Jacques Danoville ...  Mascret 6 episodes, 1969
Daniel Le Roy Daniel Le Roy ...  Jacquou Féral adulte 6 episodes, 1969
Lucien Barjon Lucien Barjon ...  Géral 5 episodes, 1969
Héléna Bossis Héléna Bossis ...  La Mathive 5 episodes, 1969
Robert Bazil Robert Bazil ...  Jean, le charbonnier 4 episodes, 1969
Eric Damain Eric Damain ...  Jacquou Féral enfant 4 episodes, 1969
Gilles Léger Gilles Léger ...  Joseph 4 episodes, 1969
Hervé Sand Hervé Sand ...  Le brigadier 4 episodes, 1969
Yvon Sarray Yvon Sarray ...  Don Engelbert 4 episodes, 1969
Etienne Sevral Etienne Sevral ...  Guilhem 4 episodes, 1969
Pascal Tersou Pascal Tersou ...  Le garde 4 episodes, 1969
Francis Claude Francis Claude ...  Le Chevalier de Galibert 3 episodes, 1969
Roger Desmare Roger Desmare ...  Marc 3 episodes, 1969
Douchka Douchka ...  Jeannette Mion 3 episodes, 1969
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ...  Fantille 3 episodes, 1969
Isabelle Ferrand Isabelle Ferrand ...  La Bertille 3 episodes, 1969
Sévérine Lerczinska ...  Hermine 3 episodes, 1969
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ...  Maître Fontgrave 3 episodes, 1969
Paloma Matta Paloma Matta ...  Lina adulte 3 episodes, 1969
Pierre Nunzi Pierre Nunzi ...  Le fils du Comte de Nansac 3 episodes, 1969
Raymond Pélissier Raymond Pélissier ...  Le procureur du Roi / ... 3 episodes, 1969
Simone Rieutor Simone Rieutor ...  Marie Féral 3 episodes, 1969
Martin Trévières Martin Trévières ...  Le gendarme 3 episodes, 1969
Fred Ulysse Fred Ulysse ...  Martin Féral 3 episodes, 1969
François Vibert François Vibert ...  Cassius 3 episodes, 1969
Elisabeth Wiener ...  Galiote de Nansac 3 episodes, 1969
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 October 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacquou, der Rebell See more »

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(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Remade as Jacquou le croquant (2007) See more »

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Great series about French history, liberty and justice
23 December 2008 | by eskelandSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon this series by accident, and originally didn't expect much of it: I generally don't like social drama or history pieces, and since I'm not French I didn't really expect to identify much with the context. And certainly, the time investment (6 movies of around 1.5h each!) didn't do much to increase its appeal.

But once I started on the first DVD, I found it difficult to stop watching. The story of Jacquou Féral ('Jacquou le Croquant', which I understand translates roughly as 'Jacquou the Wretch') starts in 1819, after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, in the Restoration period where French nobles attempted to regain the privileges that the French Revolution had taken from them.

Jacquou's parents are tenant farmers, who owe half of their produce to the cruel Count de Nansac who owns their land, and are frequently robbed of more than they owe. Not having any legal means of defending his family against the frequent abuses, Jacquou's father rebels against the Count, and pays dearly for it. Being robbed of his father, the story focuses on young Jacquou (8 years old in the first four movies; 20 in the last two) as he tries to survive in a world that offers him no justice, and where he waits for an opportunity for vengeance against the Count.

The story is intriguing in much the same way as The Grapes of Wrath: it offers a touching social commentary of a fascinating period in time, and provides a valuable insight about the origins, spirit and convictions of a people. Having seen it, I felt a new appreciation for this part of French history.

More importantly, the story is also well told. While the whole story arc takes up over 9.5 hours, it doesn't feel slow or needlessly drawn out (which ironically is a criticism often levelled against the 2007 remake, which tells the whole story in under 2.5 hours...). To a large extent, this is due to the excellent acting from both Jacquous, Eric Damain (Jacquou as a child) and Daniel Le Roy (as an adult), but also the entire cast around them, especially Jacquou's mother (played by Simone Rieutor, who has great chemistry with Eric Damain) and Henri Nassiet as the kind vicar Bonal. There is scarcely a weak moment to be found in the series, which is quite an accomplishment given its length and the number of characters involved. It is precisely the strength of the performances and the depth of the story that distinguishes this rendition favourably from its more superficial 2007 remake.

Of course, the package isn't perfect. For one, the visuals look a little dated after almost 40 years, and the whole experience is certainly less slick and less pretty than its modern remake. And it is also clear that both the author of the original novel (Eugène Le Roy) and the director of this series (Stellio Lorenzi) firmly subscribe to the politics behind the struggle against privilege, and are willing to turn a blind eye to the less equitable or noble aspects of it.

But all in all, I'd recommend this series for anyone who has even an inkling of interest in French history, and especially where the roots of the French sense of solidarity lie. Or more generally, anyone who's willing to spend some time on a well told story.


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