Nuit de Varennes, La*
- 1982 ----- color ----- 151 min ----- vhs
(Directed by Ettore Scola; with Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla, Harvey Keitel) In the coach up ahead, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and their children are fleeing revolutionary Paris in disguise. In the coach behind them humanity rides commenting on the historical proceedings. The passengers, real and fictional, include Casanova, Tom Paine, Restif de la Bretonne, a lady-in-waiting to the Queen, Her Majesty's snippy hairdresser, a widow, a judge, an arms manufacturer and an aging opera singer. In Varennes a few of the travelers will witness the reading of the decree ordering the royal family back to Paris--and the guillotine.
(In French with English subtitles)
(Restricted to classroom use only)
- Topics: (History: European, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)