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Nuit de Varennes (La)

Nuit de Varennes (La)

cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Louis Barrault, Michel Piccoli

year: 1983

colour: yes

certificate: 12

director: Ettore Scola

runtime: 144

On the 20 June 1791,Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette tried to escape from revolutionary Paris to join monarchist allies outside France, but were arrested in the town of Varennes. The incident inflamed popular distrust and hatred against the monarchy. Linked to this historical event “La Nuit de Varennes” imagines a group of travellers on the same road, including an American patriot, a noted seducer Casanova, a French novelist Restif de La Bretonne, and one of the queen's ladies-in-waiting.


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