[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
Heard about it a lot, but I never bothered to see it. Because I have enough migraines. So here it is, on a very random Chinese YouTube (?!):

First part: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIxNzY3NDQ=.html

Second part: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTIxNzY3Njg=.html

It's in the beginning of the second part, at 3:15, that we see the amazingly random appearance of the "trimvirate" of the CSP. Gotta love how Saint-Just is introduced as "The most awe-inspiring figure of the Terror: Saint-Just. (played by Abel Gance)" (Abel Gance should've kept his cosplaying for his bedroom, really) after which we see him playing around with a rose and fluttering his eyelids. How awe-inspiring. Gotta also love how they then introduce Couthon as "...with Saint-Just, one of the most influential members of the Committee of Public Safety", followed by that scene of him molesting that bunny. Oh dear. How influential.

I would like to say that Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution can truly rival with it as far as historical accuracy and sense are concerned. Seriously. You can really understand from watching it why they'd thinking of fitting footage of it in their v. srs. historical documentary based on v. srs. historical sources. Rly.

Also, I give a special award to That Guy--



--who screams "Death to Saint-Just! Death to Robespierre! Death to the two monsters!" (Accuracy, of course.) Isn't he just amazing?

And another thing:



...Wait, what? O.o;;
[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
Came across this while randomly surfing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0641155/plotsummary . Hm, well, if nothing else, it's good to know Robespierre somehow managed to father a descendant!
The goatee'd Mr. Jacques should put aside historical differences and team up with Thomasina Paine from 'Death Race 2000', Napoleon from 'The Prisoner - The Girl Who Was Death' and Saint-Just from Godard's 'Week-End'...

BTW, Man From Uncle fans, have you noticed how cute little blonde Ilya always ends up getting tied up?
[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
Does anyone here know the historical source - if any - for Couthon's bunny habit in Abel Gance's 'Napoleon'? Or is it just another example of early cinematic weirdness, like the armadillos in 'Dracula'? Either way, I'm sure it was the inspiration for Bond villain Blofeld...!
[identity profile] bettylabamba.livejournal.com

Look what I found! It made me smile a little bit. I came across this ad at this site here for an "image-makers" trade show called FOCUS ON IMAGING.

Schama wishes he could be so cool.

[identity profile] cachecache.livejournal.com
This is the 207th anniversary of le 18 brumaire, which was of course the day when General Napoléon Bonaparte launched his lovely coup d'état on the Directory and formed the Consulate, an act that many consider to be the end of the French Revolution. Long live First Consul Bonaparte!

(cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] little_corporal)
[identity profile] cachecache.livejournal.com
Salut Citoyens et Citoyennes! New member! Well...I guess we're all new members to this comm, aren't we? I took a class on the French Revolution and Napoleon last quarter so I'm a bit of a plebe, but I think I know a decent amount (my notes for the final ending up being 13 pages!) about revolutionary matters. I've also been taking French for the past seven years, so I'll be available if anyone wants some translation work for speeches or anything.

I'm currently reading A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel which is a semi-fictional account of the period through the eyes of Robespierre, Desmoulins, and Danton from their formative years to their respective deaths. The writing style leaves a lot to be desired (very anglicized, moderning sounding dialogue and the such), but the plot line is pretty good.

I'm also a big fan of musical theatre and I highly recommened La Révolution Française, the first collaboration by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of Les Misérables (which was, in fact, not about the French Revolution like many high school history teachers think, but the student uprisings of 1832!) and Miss Saigon. It's in French and they were both pretty young and inexperianced when they wrote it, but it's still a great time. Maybe I can upload a couple songs for you guys sometime, if you want.

My current revolution-related loves are Saint-Just, Robespierre and basically the entire Committee of Public Safety, using the French Republican Calendar at every possible opportunity, what happened on the night of Varennes, and a young Napoleon Bonaparte (pre-Egyptian Campaign).

And now for some pimping: I'm the mod of [livejournal.com profile] little_corporal which is a Napoleon comm for all you Bonapartists, although I notice that a lot of people from over there are already here (Hi guys!). For World Cup fans out there: Allez les Bleus!!

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