La Révolution française (film)

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La Révolution française
La Révolution française Posters.jpg
Release posters for Part I and Part II.
Directed byRobert Enrico
Richard T. Heffron
Screenplay byDavid Ambrose
Daniel Boulanger
Music byGeorges Delerue
Release date
Running time
360 min
United Kingdom
Budget300 million francs
Box office$4.8 million[1]

La Révolution française is a two-part 1989 film, co-produced by France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The first part, titled La Révolution française: les Années lumière (The French Revolution: Years of Hope) was directed by Robert Enrico. The second part, La Révolution française: les Années terribles (The French Revolution: Years of Rage), was directed by Richard T. Heffron. The full movie runs at 360 minutes, but the edited-for-television version is slightly longer.

The film purports to tell a faithful and neutral story of the Revolution, from the calling of the Estates-General to the death of Maximilien de Robespierre. The film had a large budget (300 million francs)[2] and boasted an international cast. It was shot in French, German, and English.



The film was generally considered[by whom?] historically accurate. Among the few departures from the historical facts, the executioner Charles-Henri Sanson was shown executing both Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. The elder Sanson actually executed only Louis XVI; it was his son who executed Marie-Antoinette.

Some critics[who?] 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 complex historical subject, was also criticized[by whom?] for its disjointed pacing. The second part was considered[by whom?] more gripping and dramatic. Jean-François Balmer received great praise[by whom?] for his portrayal of a rather sympathetic Louis XVI, and Andrzej Seweryn was considered very convincing as Robespierre.

The film was not a box office success in France.

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  2. ^ Hugo Frey (30 July 2014). Nationalism and the Cinema in France: Political Mythologies and Film Events, 1945-1995. Berghahn Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-78238-366-6.

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