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Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)1994

Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994)



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The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France. Catherine decides to make an overture of good will by offering up Margot in marriage to prominent Protestant Huguenot Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), although she also schemes to bring about the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, when tens of thousands of Protestants are slaughtered. The marriage goes forward but Margot doesn't love Henri and takes a lover, the soldier La Mole (Vincent Perez), also a Protestant from a well-to-do family. Murders by poisoning follow, as court intrigues multiply and Catherine's villainous plotting to place her son Anjou (Pascal Greggory) on the throne threatens the lives of La Mole, Margot and Henri. The American release version was cut to 145 minutes. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Daniel Auteuil
as Henri de Navarre
Pascal Greggory
as Duc d'Anjou
Julian Rassam
as Duc d'Anglencon
Virna Lisi
as Catherine de Medicis
Dominique Blanc
as Henriette de Nevers
Miguel Bosé
as Duc de Guise
Asia Argento
as Charlotte de Sauve
Dorte Lyssewsky
as Marie Touchet
as Hangman
Johan Leysen
as Maurevel
Marc Citti
as Crussol
Alexis Nitzer
as 1st Advisor
Barbet Schroeder
as 2nd Adviser
Laure Marsac
as Antoinette
Melanie Vaudine
as 1st Escadron Volant
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as 2nd Escardon Volant
Marina Golovine
as Lady in Waiting
Richard Bohringer
as Voice of Coconnas [uncredited]
Christophe Bernard
as Charles IX's Bodyguard
Roman Massine
as Charles IX's Bodyguard
Charlie Nelson
as Commis Rene
Philippe Laudenbach
as Pretre Reforme
Bernard Nissile
as Protestant
Nicolas Vaude
as Protestant
Laurent Arnal
as Protestant
Carlos López
as Garde Nancay
Grégoire Colin
as Jeune Egorge
Julie-Anne Rauth
as Fille Cuisine Egorge
Cecile Caillaud
as Henriette's Servant
Marian Blicharz
as Polish Ambassador
Zygmunt Kargol
as Polish Ambassador
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Critic Reviews for Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

It's Romeo and Juliet knee-deep in carnage, staged with Jacobean fury, lurid sensuality and high style by the recklessly gifted Chereau.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong.

August 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform.

May 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Everything's scenery, even the story.

July 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)


Historical drama of epic proportions, sumptuous yet gritty, held together by fine performances from Isabelle Adjani, maidenly, distant, yet passionate and Virna Lisi as the villainous Catherine de Medici. Labyrinthine yet compellingly flamboyant.

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This film should be considered a classic, but instead, I'm afraid, it's considered completely underwatched, underappreciated, and underrated, and it's deserving of so much more!

Michael S
Michael S

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