Written by Danièle Thompson, Patrice Chéreau, after the Alexandre Dumas novel
With Daniel Auteuil, Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi
159 min, Bio-pic, Drama, History, 1994
This is a new restoration of Patrice Chéreau’s lavish historical drama QUEEN MARGOT (1994) starring Isabelle Adjani in the title role.
France, 1572, and during an uneasy break in the wars of religion, Jean-Hugues Anglade’s King Charles IX concludes a marriage of state between his sister, Isabelle Adjani’s Catholic Margot, and Daniel Auteuil’s Huguenot King Henry of Navarre, by ramming forward a reluctant Adjani’s head in lieu of a ‘Oui’. But Virna Lisi’s skull-faced Queen Mother/Regent is already plotting the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, and that’s just the beginning of the head-snapping side switches, non-stop scheming, sometimes accidental poisoning, double beheadings, and frenzied couplings, including Adjani’s throbbingly romantic affair with Vincent Perez’s La Môle.
The late Patrice Chéreau’s high octane adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel begins in fifth gear and never lets up, plunging in hip deep in history and into a dizzying array of characters, with passionate performances and a riveting, horrific staging of the Massacre. Winner of the Best Actress (Virna Lisi) Jury Prize, at the 1994 Cannes Festival, MARGOT was originally released in the U.S. in a truncated version – this is the complete 159- minute director’s cut.
Opens in the US on May 9, 2014
- Opens in New York on May 9, 2014 at Film Forum
- Opens in Los Angeles on May 16, 2014 at Music Hall 3
This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.
US Distribution: Cohen Media Group
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