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Marat/Sade (1966)





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Adapted from his own Royal Shakespeare Company production of Peter Weiss' play entitled +The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, Peter Brook directs this fascinating look into revolution, power, and human frailty. During the 19th century, fashionable theatergoers would attend ostensibly therapeutic stage performances by mental asylum inmates. The film opens on July 19, 1809, with Monsieur Coubnier (Clifford Rose), the officious head of the Charenton asylum, introducing that night's show -- a drama about the assassination of French Revolutionary War firebrand Jean-Paul Marat, written by that institution's most notorious resident, the Marquis de Sade (Patrick Magee). The play begins conventionally enough , considering that the lead actress (Glenda Jackson) is a narcoleptic, the actor playing Marat (Ian Richardson) is a paranoiac, and another actor, a sex maniac with very pressing urges, is kept in chains. But the work soon evolves into a dialogue between Marat and De Sade. Though both men were early supporters of the Revolution, their ideas of the shape of the movement took very different courses. Espousing a form of proto-Marxism, Marat is at first presented as the sort of tyrannical idealist that became depressingly familiar in the 20th century, a la Lenin and Pol Pot. But then later, Marat seems haunted by the terror he has unleashed and unable to understand where he went wrong. De Sade, on the other hand, preached his own unusual brand of Nietzschean existentialism. Unlike Marat, he not only recognizes the inherent weakness of the human character, but he revels in it. Murder as an act of individual passion should be celebrated, De Sade at first argues; murder as an anonymous act of statecraft should be deplored. The individual is not given meaning though politics but through acts of spontaneous passion and desire. As the play progresses, the revolution depicted in the play soon develops into an outright revolution on the stage.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Adrian Mitchell, Peter Weiss, Geoffrey Skelton
On DVD: Aug 4, 1998
Franco London Films


Ian Richardson
as Jean-Paul Marat
Patrick Magee
as Marquis de Sade
Glenda Jackson
as Charlotte Corday
Clifford Rose
as M. Coulmier
Brenda Kempner
as Mme. Coulmier
Ruth Baker
as Mlle. Coulmier
Freddie Jones
as Cucurucu
Jeanette Landis
as Rossignol
Susan Williamson
as Simonne Evrard
John Steiner
as Duperret
James Mellor
as Schoolmaster
Ian Hogg
as Military Representat...
John Hussey
as Newly Rich Lady
John Harwood
as Voltaire
Leon Lissek
as Lavoisier
Dick Callinan
as Musician
Michael Gould
as Musician
Nicholas Moes
as Musician
Paul Hiley
as Musician
Mary Allen
as Patient
Guy Gordon
as Patient
Sheila Grant
as Patient
Lyn Pinkney
as Patient
Robert Lloyd
as Jacques Roux
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though not as powerful as the play, even if there's the same director and performers, it still connects with a modern audience.

Full Review… | July 1, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aggressively bizarre but fascinating.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

Told in rhyme and song, Marat/Sade entertains, informs, moves and horrifies in equal measure.

Full Review… | May 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

October 18, 2008

July 14, 2005

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