Marat/Sade (film)

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For the play, see Marat/Sade.
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Directed by Peter Brook
Produced by Michael Birkett
Screenplay by Adrian Mitchell
English translation:
Geoffrey Skelton
Based on Marat/Sade
by Peter Weiss
Starring Patrick Magee
Ian Richardson
Michael Williams
Clifford Rose
Glenda Jackson
Freddie Jones
Music by Richard Peaslee
Cinematography David Watkin
Edited by Tom Priestley
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 22 February 1967 (1967-02-22) (US)
  • 8 March 1967 (1967-03-08) (UK)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, usually shortened to Marat/Sade (pronounced: [ma.ʁa.sad]), is a 1967 British film adaptation of Peter Weiss' play Marat/Sade. The screen adaptation is directed by Peter Brook, and originated in his theatre production for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The English version was written by Adrian Mitchell from a translation by Geoffrey Skelton.

The cast included Ian Richardson, Patrick Magee, Glenda Jackson, Clifford Rose, and Freddie Jones. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and released by United Artists on 22 February 1967 in the United States, and 8 March 1967 in the United Kingdom. The film's score comprised Richard Peaslee's compositions. David Watkin was the cinematographer.[2] The film uses the full title in the opening credits, though most of the publicity materials uses the shortened form.




The film received positive reviews. It currently holding a 100% "fresh" rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


Brook shared the Nastro d'Argento for Best Director of a Foreign Film with Robert Bresson, who was honored for Mouchette, and received Special Mention at the Locarno International Film Festival.


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