The Return of Martin Guerre

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The Return of Martin Guerre
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Directed by Daniel Vigne
Produced by Daniel Vigne
Written by Daniel Vigne
Jean-Claude Carrière
Natalie Zemon Davis
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
Nathalie Baye
Roger Planchon
Dominique Pinon
Music by Michel Portal
Cinematography Andre Neau
Edited by Denise de Casabianca
Distributed by European International
Release date(s) 14 May 1982
Running time 122 min
Country France
Language French

The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) is a 1982 French film directed by Daniel Vigne and based on historical events in France during the 16th century.

Synopsis[edit]

The film relates a historical case of alleged identity theft. Martin Guerre leaves his young wife in a small French village to go fight in a war, and to travel. Many years later, an older man (played by Depardieu) claiming to be Martin returns to resume his life. The man is initially acknowledged and welcomed by the wife, family, and friends because he seems to know the intimate details of Martin's life. As time passes, the villagers grow suspicious that he is an impostor, and he is put on trial, with his life at stake.

Book[edit]

In 1983, a book of the same name was published by Natalie Zemon Davis, an American historian of early modern France and professor at Princeton University. She had served as a consultant and helped write the screenplay for the film.

Remake and musical[edit]

Sommersby is a 1993 Hollywood remake of the film in English, transposed to the American Civil War and starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.

A West End (London) musical produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Martin Guerre, was loosely based on the film with additional material from historical accounts. Again, the historical setting is transposed, in this case to the period of religious turmoil between the Huguenots and the Catholics in sixteenth century France.

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