Queen Margot

La Reine Margot

France | 1994 | 159 minutes | Patrice Chéreau

Shown fully restored to its original length, this multiple César award-winner is based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. This sumptuous historical drama details the Catholic Marguerite de Valois, nicknamed Margot, as she’s bound in a loveless political marriage to Henri de Bourbon.

May 26, 2014
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Based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, Queen Margot is a lush and sumptuous historical drama. The Catholic Marguerite de Valois (Isabelle Adjani), nicknamed Margot by her brother King Charles IX, is bound in a loveless political marriage to Henri de Bourbon (Daniel Auteuil), the protestant King of Navarre. The move was orchestrated by her mother, Catherine de’ Medici, to establish peace throughout the Kingdom of France. However, within days of their marriage, a wave of assassinations and mob violence breaks out on the streets of Paris. In the midst of this horrific violence, Margot encounters La Môle, a wounded young man from a well-to-do Protestant family. The pair soon embarks upon a passionate affair, as courtly intrigue and serial poisonings threaten both King and Kingdom. Winner of 5 César awards, including Best Actress, and the prestigious Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, the film was recently screened as part of the Cannes Classic section in 2013 and is presented here fully restored in stunning 4K.

Director Biography

Patrice Chéreau is a French opera, theater, and film director. He began his career in theater before moving into film as a screenwriter and director with La Chair De L'Orchidee (1974). He was awarded a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003 for His Brother as well as the Europe Theater Prize in 2008. 

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Director: Patrice Chéreau
Principal Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi
Country: France, Germany, Italy
Year: 1994
Running Time: 159 minutes
Producer: Claude Berri
Screenplay: Patrice Chéreau, Danièle Thompson
Cinematographers: Philippe Rousselot
Editors: François Gédigier, Hélène Viard
Music: Goran Bregovic
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 1994 (Jury Prize, Best Actress), César Awards 1995 (Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design)
Filmography: Persécution (2009); Gabrielle (2006); His Brother (2003); Intimacy (2001); Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998); Lest We Forget (1991); Hôtel de France (1987); The Wounded Man (1984); Judith Therpauve (1978); The Flesh of the Orchid (1975)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Cohen Collection
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