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thoughts on jefferson in paris?
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Author:  victoire [ Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:51 am ]
Post subject:  thoughts on jefferson in paris?

I was wondering what members think of the Merchant-Ivory film "Jefferson in Paris"?

Myself, I thought it was interesting, but could have been better. Marie Antoinette was not depicted in a particularly favorable light, but then, the film reflects Jefferson's own opinion of her. I must say I still find that "puppet show" depicting MA highly distasteful!

Author:  Anouk [ Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: thoughts on jefferson in paris?

Indeed! I agree with you. I think it is not the best film on the 1780'S, but an enjoyable screen with good shot, nice furniture and lovely costume.
Marie Antoinette's role is not quite sure in the film... However, I like the puppet-scene, because it represents the large hatred against her... it makes her innocent in the eyes of the viewers!

Author:  Sophie A. Caron [ Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: thoughts on jefferson in paris?

It's a quite good film, but I didn't like the actor Michael Lonsdale in the role of Louis. He was too old - as I read in IMDb, he was more than 60 while they were making the film. Okay, in the 18th century young people looked older, but that's a bit overdrawn for me. (Like the guy who plays Robespierre in "L'anglaise et le duc"! It was ridiculous, he absolutely looked like an old and tired man...)

But Charlotte de Turckheim was nice as Marie-Antoinette, and the others were really good too, I liked Sally very much... :roll:

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