The French Revolution Revolutionary Witness Series, examines the consequences of the 1789 upheaval in France and all that followed. Produced by the BBC. A Coronet release.
Series of 4 includes:
Parisian butcher Robert Sauveur led a brutal life, slaughtering cattle by day, drinking himself into a stupor each night—until he discovered politics. For this one man, the Revolution meant learning to think for the first time—thinking about life, liberty and truth. “Vivid.”—Booklist. “Lively.”—ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries.
Palloy was a patriot and believed strongly in the Revolution. But, that didn’t prevent him from making a profit from it. Contracted to demolish the Bastille, he sold every inch of it as a souvenir. For him, the Revolution provided the marketing opportunity of a lifetime.
The poorest parish in Paris, St. Nicholas, produced the Revolution’s most radical priest, Jacques Roux. Charged with revolutionary excess, he urges all to carry on the fight until God’s perfection is reached. Roux’s goal is to create a wary populace, “a free people—ungovernable.”
French Revolution The Woman introduces Théroigne de Mericourt, who tells how she believed in the Revolution wholeheartedly, when it promised political rights to women. She led crowds and organized political activist clubs but soon saw how in the heat of the war, women’s hopes were abandoned.
80 minutes • Color