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, The*

  • 1967 ----- color ----- 115 min ----- vhs///
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Peter Brook's shattering film version of the play by Peter Weiss with Patrick Magee, Ian Richardson and Glenda Jackson (in one of her very early roles). The infamous Marquis de Sade, confined to an asylum, directs the other inmates in a re-enactment of the bloody assassination of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat. As the introduction to the film states: "In 1808 the Asylum of Charenton near Paris was famous for its' plays. The actors and actresses were the patients themselves. The audience was made up of high society from Paris. The author was himself an inmate--the Marquis de Sade. At this time the French Revolution was recent history. The great revolutionary leaders--Danton, Robespierre, and Marat--were dead. Napoleon was Emperor. This much is fact." (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Drama, History: European, Literature: English, Mental Illness, Motion Pictures: Features, Disability Studies)