Paris, 1789. The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris. Françoise, a young washerwoman, and Basile, without a family or a name, discover the unique exhilaration of love and revolution. With their friends and the working-class people of Paris, they begin to realize dreams of emancipation in the newly formed assembly where they witness, with both hopes and doubts, the creation of a new political system. Their debates and the riots on the streets hold the fate of their once sacred king and the birth of a republic. Freedom has a story.Written by
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Ah ! ça ira
Words by de Ladré & Music by Bécourt See more »
Hard work to watch
I found this heavy going. There were a lot of incidents casually inserted that I felt I ought to understand, but didn't. Maybe if I had gone to school in France I would? Example, the black horse without a saddle or harness in the street fighting that came up to Waht's-er-name. What was that meant to portray?
If you knew nothing of the French revolution you would find this a very difficult film, but (knowing a bit but not enough) I found it frustrating.
The photography and the sense of reality is excellent however.
The English-language subtitles often overwrite the original film's captions, which is difficult. And the French dialogue is far too rapid and far too colloquial for me to follow.
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