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115 Ratings

La Marseillaise

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1938


A news-reel like movie about the early part of the French Revolution shown from the eyes of individual people, citizens of Marseille, counts in German exile and, of course, King Louis XVI, showing their own small problems.

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La Marseillaise Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

After the supernova success of Grand Illusion (1937) Renoir had big plans to capture a larger panorama of the revolution, but kept whittling it down to a few engaging personalities, until we are left with a couple of hotheaded revolutionary Marseilles comrades and the aloofly charming Louis XVI (Pierre Renoir), who seems oblivious to the power shift happening right outside his doors.
July 18, 2017
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La Marseillaise is a masterpiece even if the subject is bowdlerized. It’s one of the first epics to dramatize anonymous figures, ordinary people. There’s a grounding, a strength, a lyricism, and openness of mind. The portrait of the royal family is simply extraordinary.
May 16, 2016

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