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The Feast of All Saints (2001)





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Based on a story by Anne Rice, this made-for-cable miniseries explores the little-known phenomenon of the "Gens de Couleur Libres," or "Free People of Color," who lived in Louisiana at a time when slavery still held a stranglehold on much of the South. In 1822, it was not at all uncommon for attractive women of color to be retained as a "placage," a sort of "kept woman" who served the wishes of wealthy landowners, and after Philippe Ferronnaire (Peter Gallagher) enters into a loveless arranged marriage with Aglae (Jenny Levine) in order to curry the favor of her elderly (and very well-to-do) father Magloire Dazincourt (John Gilbert), he soon finds himself the father of two families -- one raised by Aglae, and another raised by his "placage" Cecile Ste. Marie (Gloria Reuben), a lovely bi-racial woman from Haiti. Philippe's son with Cecile, Marcel Ste. Marie (Robert Richard), is raised with the promise that, even though Philippe cannot officially acknowledge his parenthood, he will receive a first-class education in Europe, and Marcel finds himself travelling between the worlds of wealthy whites and economically disadvantaged Creoles in New Orleans. In time, Marcel falls in love with a girl of similar circumstances, Anna Bella (Bianca Lawson), but as fate would have it, her guardian, Elsie Claviere (Ruby Dee), has already arranged for the girl to enter into a "placage" with Vincent Dazincourt (Alec McClure), who happens to be Philippe's brother-in-law. Directed by Peter Medak, Feast of All Saints also features Ben Vereen and Ossie Davis.


Peter Gallagher
as Philippe Ferronaire
Gloria Reuben
as Cecile Ste. Marie
Nicole Lyn
as Marie Ste. Marie
Robert Ri'chard
as Marcel Ste. Marie
Ossie Davis
as Jean-Jacques
Jennifer Beals
as Dolly Rose
Jenny Levine
as Aglae Dazincourt
Ruby Dee
as Elsie Claviere
Pam Grier
as Suzette Lermontant
Jasmine Guy
as Juliet Mercier
Ben Vereen
as Rudolphe Lermontant
James Earl Jones
as Older Marcel
Jason Olive
as Richard Lermontant
Eartha Kitt
as Lola Dede
Bianca Lawson
as Anna Bella Monroe
Walter Borden
as Grandpere Lermontant
Forest Whitaker
as Daguerreotypist Picard
Richard Eden
as Robert Beauchamp
Clive Revill
as Notary Jacquemine
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Critic Reviews for The Feast of All Saints

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

Bianca Lawson is a wonderful find as Marcel's love Anna Bella, but the standout perf is that of Jennifer Beals as Dolly Rose, a prostitute who turns out to be more compassionate and maternal than Cecil.

November 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

... turns a fascinating subject -- the "free people of color" in New Orleans in the 1840s -- into a heavy-breathing costume drama...

February 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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