Marat/Sade

Marat/Sade

DVD - 2001
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The infamous Marquis de Sade, confined to an asylum, directs the other inmates in a re-enactment of the bloody assassination of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat.

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coasting
Oct 14, 2015

This play is shocking and enthralling. In 1967 when produced at Stratford, UK, people walked out. A young Glenda Jackson and Ian Richardson are superb. Very complex weaving of ideas between 1793, 1808, 1967 and the present. Nothing has changed much. Magnificent production but not for everyone. We loved it.

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akirakato
Mar 08, 2015

This is a 1967 British film adaptation of Peter Weiss' play "Marat/Sade."
The screen adaptation is directed by Peter Brook, and originated in his theatre production for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The English version was written by Adrian Mitchell from a translation by Geoffrey Skelton.
During the 19th Century it was fashionable for cultured Parisians to attend the theatrical performance given by the inmates of Charenton asylum as a form of mental therapy for the inmates.
I wonder if such a therapy really did any good to the inmates.
The real Marquis de Sade spent the last 11 years of his life at Charenton serving as the inmate's entertainment director, writing plays for them to perform.
Although the insane people in the film behave like a mad person, I wonder, those supposed inmates are real insane people or not.
The film intercuts long shots with extreme close-up filmed with a haqndheld camera to seggest the experience of a live theater spectator.
But this screen adaptation seems unsuccessful simply because it is so much like a play than a movie that I became too bored to watch the entire film.
I quite watching it after the first 40 minutes.

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