Netflix: Queen Margot, the History of France as you’ve never seen it – Actus Ciné

Extraordinary historical fresco taking place in a kingdom of France from the 16th century to fire and blood, “La Reine Margot”, embodied by an Isabelle Adjani more incandescent than ever, is available on Netflix. Compulsory make-up session.

Netflix: queen margot, the history of france as you've never seen it - actus ciné
Luc Roux – Jérôme Saydoux-Pathé Foundation Collection – Pathé Production – France 2 Cinéma – DA Films – RCS Produzione TV SPA – Nef Filmproduktion

Extraordinary historical fresco released in 1994, a sumptuous ballet of blood and death taking place in a 16th century kingdom of France torn by religious quarrels which will lead to the massacres of Saint Barthélémy, Queen Margot has landed in majesty on the Netflix platform since the beginning of March. The History of France as you have never seen it, and as you will never see it again.

Here is the trailer again…

A masterpiece born in pain

It is an understatement to say that the work of adapting the dense work of Alexandre Dumas was a way of the cross for the late Patrice Chéreau. Supported by Danièle Thompson in writing, it will take him five years of preparation and no less than nine different versions of the screenplay to complete his vision of this tragic period; a vision of absolute darkness, capable of delivering a film that is both spectacular and very personal.

The scenario writer, come from the world of the theater, defended besides to have made a historical film such as one could conceive it with the traditional direction of the term. “For me, historical films were largely stuffy, describing at length what is happening on the screen. I told myself that the film had to tell our story today, that we can think of the time that they are people very distant from us. And that they are people who live the same things as us today” he said.

Largely irrigated by the influence of the works of painters like Goya or Francis Bacon, Patrice Chéreau also sublimates his story in a fascinating aesthetic research even in horror. “It’s a film of very immediate brutality and savagery” he said. His work will also find a disturbing echo with the news of the time, when the former Yugoslavia was torn apart by a war whose cameras around the world revealed the extent of the massacres.

Netflix: queen margot, the history of france as you've never seen it - actus ciné
Copyright Luc Roux – Collection Fondation Jérôme Saydoux-Pathé – Pathé Production – France 2 Cinéma – DA Films – RCS Produzione TV SPA – Nef Filmproduktion

Benefiting from exceptional media coverage, Queen Margot was received at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994, at the same time as it was screened throughout France. If the film left with the Jury Prize and the Best Actress Prize for Virna Lisi and will later be crowned with five Césars, including Best Actress for Isabelle Adjani, some have already criticized it for its excessive length, then 2:39 , his confusion, and above all his violence which made more than one uncomfortable.

At the same time, the film was from the outset thought of as an export product for the American market. Anticipating a probably mixed reception, the American distributor at the time, Miramax, made the decision, with the agreement of Patrice Chéreau, to shorten the editing to 2:23. This version was also screened in France (in fact lasting 2h18, the frame rate of the image not being the same in France), and was a great success, with more than 2 million admissions.

If there is a long version of the film of 162 min, and even a version of 174 min intended for German-speaking spectators, the version available on Netflix corresponds to the editing of 152 min, released in 2008 when the film was released on DVD with us. , and approved by the director.

Danièle Thompson cited the series The Borgias, The Tudors, Game of Thrones, as so many examples of the posterity of film, through their aesthetic approaches, the violence and the realism of their universes. Couldn’t give a nicer compliment to Queen Margot, carried high by a fabulous cast in the middle of which emerges in particular a brilliant Jean-Hughes Anglade in the guise of King Charles IX who perhaps finds his best role here, and a no less brilliant Pascal Greggory as Prince Henry, the future King Henry III who will be assassinated by a fanatical monk.

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