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Queen Margot
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by Greg Muskewitz

"... a grand soap opera ..."
3 stars

Textbook history lesson from Patrice Chéreau of the royal family’s home drama in 1572, building up to, during, and after, the St. Bartholomew Massacre.

With church and state handled from one position of power, the cause and effect are a direct result from the marriage of a Catholic (Margot) and a Prodestant (Henri de Navarre), all orchestrated by the mother of Charles IX. The action is set forth by the coup d’état, both on the level of an unstable country and domestically. The behind-the-back plotting, the alliances, the greater cause, et al., they all take the form of a grand soap opera (such is what history can be reduced to), which at times reaches as far as the truly compelling, but can stoop as low as exacerbated tedium. A balance is not always to be found, but on the beneficial side are the strong performances of Daniel Auteuil, Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Asia Argento and Virna Lisi. On the downside, you have the nearly 150-minute runtime, Chéreau’s bland, pasty palette (except at night when Philippe Rousselot’s photography becomes too dark), and the general indulgences of a historical period piece of this magnitude. Queen Margot is competently made, but not confidently. With Pascal Greggory, Thomas Kretschmann, and Jean-Pierre Brialy.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

1/08/09 Shaun Wallner Awesome Story! 5 stars
6/18/05 Benjamin Dresner Adjani is beautiful, as is the film. 4 stars
7/15/04 Daveman A beautiful film, if a little bit too convoluted. 4 stars
7/09/04 gracia fantastic interpretation of history and art. excellent casting. ryan's comment out of place 4 stars
6/13/04 S.F Great historical film ! Great soundtrack. 5 stars
8/16/02 KMG Too much franticness, overblown dramatics and people that look smelly! 3 stars
4/26/02 R.W. Welch Good picture of the era of religious madness in Fraace; you may have to take notes. 4 stars
4/23/02 Lindsay Rocks me! 5 stars
4/10/02 Ryan Horrible all it is is sex 1 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Quite violent and bloody. Good story. Great costumes and sets. 4 stars
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