Posts tagged french revolution
Posts tagged french revolution
A collection of items related to Louis XVI and his family, with a focus on their captivity in the Temple, will be auctioned off in November by Coutau-Bégarie.
The collection was once owned by Viscount Alcide de Beauchesne, who was in the service of Louis XVIII and wrote a book about the life and death of Louis XVII.
Although the cataog for the auction is not yet available, it will include several writing exercises done by Louis Charles and corrected by his father while in the Temple; Madame Royale’s handwritten account of her journey from Paris to Basel; poetry written by Madame Royale in the Temple for Madame Chantereine; as well as numerous other personal effects and letters.
A few people asked for the list of films set in 18th century France I plan to watch… right now I’m focusing on films which are in English or have English subtitles and are available on DVD or streaming. (Hence no L’Autrichienne or Madame du Barry with Dolores Del Rio.)
* denotes a film I’ve already watched in full
Madame du Barry (1919)*
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)*
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
La Marseillaise (1938)
Marie Antoinette (1938)*
The Black Book (1949)
Dangerous Exile (1958)
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
The Wild Child (1970)
Lady Oscar (1979)
The Rose of Versailles (1979) (TV Series)
La nuit de Varennes (1982)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
Dangerous Liasons (1988)*
La Revolution Francaise* (1989)*
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Let Them Eat Cake (1999) (TV series)
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
The Lady and the Duke (2001)*
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)*
Marie Antoinette (2006)*
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Versailles Film Trio (Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI) (2008-2011)
Farewell, My Queen (2012)*
If anyone has any additions (in English or with English subtitles) please do share!
I was your king’s daughter
separated from all my family.
I languish in this sad jail
Alas! I say with good reason
Even though I am alone and sad
My jail would appear happy to me
If I was in this place with my brother.
Read more at Reading Treasure!
Part of me wishes that Farewell, My Queen had kept the original book scene that inspired this brief exchange intact. In the book, Sidonie witnesses two guards sitting on the ground, drinking, talking about the fall of Bastille and being increasingly aggressive in their conversation—the guard first talks in a mild boasting manner about how he refused to announce the duc, and the drunken conversation builds and builds until they’re spilling out punishments for aristocrats and loyal servants and especially the ‘Messalina’ queen, with dialogue directly inspired by thel pamphlets of the day. For Sidonie it’s an oppressive and terrifying thing to witness, especially since she’s walking alone in the nearly empty area.
The book scene goes on a long time, though, so I can understand why they chose to cut it to a brief moment, a glimpse of the crumbling social structure at Versailles, rather than a longer, eerie ordeal witnessed in a deserted area of the palace.
Ah! It is very easy now, [years] after those events, and when one has seen the consequences of the Court’s weakness, to say how it ought to have acted! But at that time, when no one even knew what a revolution was, it was not such an easy thing to make up one’s mind what to do.
—Madame de la Tour du Pin
Details from an engraving of the citizens of Paris preparing the Champ de Mars for the Fête de la Fédération.
A view of the Fête de la Fédération, 14 July 1790.
Marie Antoinette and her son at the Fête de la Fédération, as depicted in La Revolution Francaise (1989).
[source: my scan from the LRF photobook]