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|Directed by||Peter Brook|
|Produced by||Michael Birkett|
|Screenplay by||Adrian Mitchell
by Peter Weiss
|Music by||Richard Peaslee|
|Edited by||Tom Priestley|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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. The film uses the full title in the opening credits, though most of the publicity materials use the shortened form.
In the Charenton Asylum in 1808, the Marquis de Sade stages a play about the murder of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday, using his fellow inmates as actors. The director of the hospital, Monsieur Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. Coulmier, who supports Napoleon's government, believes that the play will support his own bourgeois ideas, and denounce those of the French Revolution that Marat helped lead. His patients, however, have other ideas, and they make a habit of speaking lines he had attempted to suppress, or deviating entirely into personal opinion. The Marquis himself, meanwhile, subtly manipulates both the players and the audience to create an atmosphere of chaos and nihilism that ultimately brings on an orgy of destruction.
- Patrick Magee as Marquis de Sade
- Ian Richardson as Jean-Paul Marat
- Michael Williams as Herald
- Clifford Rose as Monsieur Coulmier
- Glenda Jackson as Charlotte Corday
- Freddie Jones as Cucurucu
- Jonathan Burn as Polpoch
- Jeanette Landis as Rossignol
- Hugh Sullivan as Kokol
- John Hussey as Newly Rich Lady
- W. Morgan Sheppard as A Mad Animal
- John Steiner as Monsieur Dupere
- Henry Woolf as Father
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Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100%, based on 11 reviews, with a rating average of 7.8/10. Film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film 4 out of a possible 4 stars, calling the film "chilling", praising the film's atmosphere as being "...so vivid that it seems actors are breathing down your neck".
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- "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 (X)". Lord Birkett. British Board of Film Classification. 30 November 1966. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "Filmography". David Watkin. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
- "Marat/Sade (1966) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- Leonard Maltin (2 September 2014). Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 896. ISBN 978-0-698-18361-2.
- Marat/Sade on IMDb
- Marat/Sade at Rotten Tomatoes
- Marat/Sade at AllMovie
- Marat/Sade at the TCM Movie Database
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