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The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest.Written by
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In addition to all the costumes worn by the lead actors, about 600 extras costumes were custom made in Paris for the film. Despite their sumptuous appearance, the clothes were mostly made from linen and cotton sateen; clothes that appear to be elaborately brocaded, such as Margot's wedding dress, are merely prints in most cases. Jewelry was limited to mostly pearls and elaborate embroidery - the norm for the era - was discarded both for stylistic and budgetary reasons. See more »
In the scene where La Mole and Coconnas are being dragged, alive, from a cart full of dead people at a mass burial site, you can clearly see a 'dead body' in the background blink its eyes. See more »
Henri de Bourbon, do you take Marguerite de Valois as your wife?
Marguerite de Valois, do you take Henri de Bourbon, King of Navarre, as your husband?
[there is a pause]
Marguerite de Valois, do you take... In the name of God, and His Holy Church, I join you in matrimony.
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Though this film is not very faithful to history or to Dumas' unhistorical novel, it is compelling and very dark fiction. The Byzantine complexity of the French religious wars is simplified into a story of a country manipulated by ruthless, superstitous and inept matriarch Catherine de Medici. The royal family appear as puppets guided to achieve the mother's goals. There are flaws in this repressive system, which cannot overpower the human virtues of courage, love, loyalty and friendship. In the end, and in history, the Medicis are triumphant....but the seeds of the House of Bourbon are sown.
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