La Marseillaise
La Marseillaise (1937)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1937
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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An heroic romanticized telling of the French Revolution of 1789.

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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.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Fascinating (but not wholly successful).

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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