Marat/Sade (1966)




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Adaptation of Peter Weiss's searing allegory of the freedom of the individual battling against the demands of society. A group of upper-class Parisians in the time of Napoleon visit the insane asylum at Charenton, where the institutionalized Marquis de Sade leads the inmates in a play he's written, which depicts the assassination of the revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday. Film debut of Glenda Jackson.
Classics , Drama
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Franco London Films

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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
Jonathan Burn
as Polpoch
Jeanette Landis
as Rossignol
Robert Langdon Lloyd
as Jacques Roux
Susan Williamson
as Simonne Evrard
John Steiner
as Duperret
Mark Jones
as Abbot
James Mellor
as Schoolmaster
Ian Hogg
as Military Representative
Henry Woolf
as Father
John Hussey
as Newly Rich Lady
John Harwood
as Voltaire
Leon Lissek
as Lavoisier
Patrick Gowers
as Musician
Dick Callinan
as Musician
Michael Gould
as Musician
Nicholas Moes
as Musician
Rainer Schuelein
as Musician
Paul Hiley
as Musician
Mary Allen
as Patient
Tamara Fuerst
as Patient
Guy Gordon
as Patient
Sheila Grant
as Patient
Lyn Pinkney
as Patient
Carol Raymont
as Patient
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Critic Reviews for Marat/Sade

All Critics (11)

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… | June 30, 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)

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January 18, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Marat/Sade

The problem of bringing a play to the screen has been approached in many ways, often disastrously. Here, Brook has achieved the very difficult. He has taken an important play, made it more immediate and powerful, and in doing so has created a distinguished if not brilliant film.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I suppose it was innovative in 1967, but I can think of few films that have bored me more. It was torture getting through this pretentious mess. I don't care if it is the Royal Shakespeare Company doing it, or whether it is historically significant, boring is boring

James Higgins
James Higgins

Marat/Sade, a Peter Brook's film is nothing special. At times it seems to try to hard to be funny, be really isn't. It shows the play that an insane asylum has put on for the sponsors. This play shows Jean Paul Marat's last day's. I strongly recommend not watching this movie. The acting is the only thing special i can think of. The storyline was quite boring, and i wasn't even remotely interested in the dialogue to understand this movie. Sure there were some funny scenes, but that takes up maybe 10 minutes of this entire 2 hour film. Why this was made? I cannot say but once again stay clear of this, it is not worth your time.


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