An heroic romanticized telling of the French Revolution of 1789.
| Original Score: B+
... the heady, idealistic days of the French Revolution as seen from the street, through the eyes of an idealistic group of Republicans from Marseilles...
Released on the heels of the brilliant Grand Illusion, its reception suffered from the belief that a director can't make two masterpieces in a row.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It is a relief, too, to see the lingering archaism of the earlier sections of the film swept away in an astonishing last third of quiet power.
| Original Score: 4/5
Powerful and poignant, Renoir manages to make a direct, humanist statement about the decadance of the rich and the power of the masses without fuss or extravagance, never patronising or posturing.
Fascinating (but not wholly successful).
It is probably the least dramatic film ever made about one of the most dramatic events in history -- the French Revolution.
| Original Score: 2/5