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La révolution française (1989)

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux, he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Georges-Jacques Danton
Jane Seymour ... Marie Antoinette
François Cluzet ... Camille Desmoulins
Jean-François Balmer ... Louis XVI
Andrzej Seweryn ... Maximilien-Marie-Isidore De Robespierre
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Gabrielle Danton
Peter Ustinov ... André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Claudia Cardinale ... Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Sam Neill ... Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Jean-Paul Mara, dit Marat
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Louis Legendre
Gabrielle Lazure ... Marie-Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
Massimo Girotti ... L'envoyé du Pape (segment "Anées Lumière, Les")
Michel Galabru ... Abbé Maury (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Michel Duchaussoy ... Jean-Sylvain Bailly (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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Storyline

A history of the French Revolution from the decision of King Louis XVI to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the story from 1789 until August 10, 1792 (when King Louis XVI lost all of his authority and was put in prison). The second part carries the story through the end of the terror in 1794, including the deaths by guillotine of King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton, and Desmoulins. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 October 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (part 1) | (part 2)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally filmed in English, as well as French, in order to allow a broader release. See more »

Goofs

The guillotined bodies were obviously human-sized props. As soon the guillotine decapitated the head, there should have been blood squirting. See more »

Quotes

Camille Desmoulins: [Danton has just called Robespierre a eunuch] Well, how did it go?
Georges-Jacques Danton: I could have been more diplomatic.
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Connections

Referenced in La révolution française: Journal du film (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano
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Incredible Portrayal Of Deeply Tragic Events In France
22 July 2018 | by denis888See all my reviews

La Révolution française is an outstanding piece of cinema. Made with high budget and awesome cast of world-level stars, this is an incredible depiction of deeply tragic events of French Revolution of the 18th Century. Some critics pointed, however, that the film suffered from its neutrality, which resulted in a lack of point of view and in some incoherence. The first part, which dealt with a rather complex historical subject, was also criticized for its disjointed pacing. The second part was considered more gripping and dramatic. Jean-François Balmer received great praise for his portrayal of a rather sympathetic Louis XVI, and Andrzej Seweryn was considered very convincing as Robespierre. I can only add that this is a Must see and a real severe warning to all of all - revolution is evel, with a Capital E, and it leads only to deaths, suffering, blood, tears, pain, loss, desperation and tragedy.


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