La Marseillaise (1937)



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Jean Renoir's epic account of the French Revolution juxtaposes the opulent life of King Louis XVI with the poverty of the commoners who rose up to overthrow the monarchy in 1789. The film's title comes from the rallying song which grew out of the peasants' march on the Bastille, the song that ultimately became the French national anthem. Filmed with a cast of thousands, the focus is on two members of a large volunteer battalion who help the revolutionary army in its takeover of the Tulleries, which resulted in the publication of the Brunswick Manifesto and ultimately led to King Louis' downfall. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi


Pierre Renoir
as Louis XVI
Lise Delamare
as Marie Antoinette
Louis Jouvet
as Roederer
Aimé Clariond
as M. de Saint-Laurent
Maurice Escande
as Le Seigneur du Village
as Honore Arnaud
Jenny Hélia
as L'interpellatrice
Edmond Ardisson
as Jean-Joseph Bomier
G. Lef_bure
as Mme. Elisabeth
William Aguet
as La Rochefoucald
Elisa Ruis
as Mme. de Lamballe
Georges Spanelly
as La Chesnaye
Jaque Catelain
as Capt. Langlade
Pierre Nay
as Dubouchage
Jean Aymé
as M. de Fougerolles
Georges Péclet
as Lt. Pignatel
Gaston Modot
as Un volontaire
Julien Carette
as Un volontaire
Jean Aquistapace
as Maire du village
Edouard Delmont
as Cabri le paysan
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Critic Reviews for La Marseillaise

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It is probably the least dramatic film ever made about one of the most dramatic events in history -- the French Revolution.

Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Fascinating (but not wholly successful).

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Almost nothing about the film works.

Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

An heroic romanticized telling of the French Revolution of 1789.

Jan 2, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... the heady, idealistic days of the French Revolution as seen from the street, through the eyes of an idealistic group of Republicans from Marseilles...

Apr 26, 2007 | Full Review…

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