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Children Of The Century, The

The Children of the Century

Children Of The Century, The

cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Victoire Thivisol

year: 1999

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Diane Kurys

runtime: 108

The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content of her writing. Though Sand (otherwise known as the Baroness Dudevant) smoked cigars and cross-dressed, it was the boldness of her writing on issues such as the abstinence of marriage and women's frigidity that most contributed to the scandalous reputation she earned in French literary circles. When she met Alfred de Musset, the most gifted poet of his generation, the two quickly became a public cause celebrite while their work would go on to become some of the finest examples of 19th century romanticism.

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