[identity profile] estellacat.livejournal.com

The last Humanité "portrait" requested. (I may translate a few of my own choosing as well, or if anyone has any more requests...) As the title of this post indicates, it's on Couthon. This one is a bit more... literary, than the others. Which is unsurprising, given that the author also wrote a novel about Couthon's son, Antoine. Needless to say, this is what he means when he says the "knows" him, not that he's secretly 200 years old.

So, without further ado:


Couthon is an Old Comrade. )
[identity profile] sibylla-oo.livejournal.com


The heritage is still alive. Articles on revolutionaries and other people somehow related to the French revolution, including Marat, Brissot, Hérault de Séchelles, Roux, Couthon, Saint-Just,  Hébert, Prieur, Choderlos de Laclos, Sade, Toussaint Louverture (the leader of Haitian revolution and anti-slavery movement, the so-called black jacobin), David, Olympe de Gouges and many others. 

Our fellow-revolutionary Estellacat has kindly volunteered to translate any of these articles to English for those who can't read French. Just express your wish in a comment and she will do it for us.

[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
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...!


May. 14th, 2008 05:50 pm
[identity profile] nirejseki.livejournal.com
Hello! I've been lurking at this community for...not terribly long, actually, mostly because I don't really do the whole "community" thing that much. But it just occurred to me that I draw a lot of French Revolution-related comics and that I probably ought to post them here to see if anyone is amused by them.

These are all fake cuts back to my journal, not LJ cuts.

The Lies and Slanders Regularly Attributed to one Maximilien Robespierre

The Lies and Slanders Regularly Attributed to one Antoine Saint-Just


Chibis of the Committee of Public Safety: A Field Guide


Crack!Art & Comic: Hell is for Committees

I also have some other drawings, but those are the ones most associated with the French Revolution. I hope everyone is at least a little amused. ^^
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
A friend, [livejournal.com profile] nirejseki, asked for the portraits of the members of the Committee of Public Safety for a drawing she's planning. I was working on a reply for her with all the links, but since I happened to (a first!) find all of their potraits, I'm going to post it, because it's memorable. I already posted it on my LJ, but I thought posting it here would be useful too. Naturally, I suppose you could do the research by yourself, since they can all be found on the French Wikipedia, by clicking on their names here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comit%C3%A9_de_salut_public#Le_.C2.AB_Grand_Comit.C3.A9_de_salut_public_.C2.BB

Some articles were updated with new portraits (like the ones of Billaud-Varenne and Hérault de Séchelles).

Some of those portraits sort of frighten me, because suddenly, for once... those men look so real, a level of realism the simple engraving doesn't really have. They stop being just names I stumble on when reading.

So, minus the three robespierristes we already know quite well enough (well, unless you want their portraits too...? might get tough to settle for just one portrait for at least two of them, no? -_-):

The Nine Other Members of the Committee of Public Safety: less known, less glamour, less cared about or hated Thermidorians. Depending on your point of view. All right, the evil and biased robespierriste I am shuts up now. )

Just in case that interests anyone, I amused myself with statistics. Here are how old the members of the CSP were in 1794 (which also happened to be the final age reached for four members in there -- let's not come back on this):

Lindet: 48.
Collot: 45.
Saint-André: 45.
Carnot: 41.
Barère: 39.
Couthon: 39 (would have been).
Prieur de la Marne: 38.
Billaud: 38.
Robespierre: 36.
Hérault: 35 (would have been).
Prieur de la Côte d'Or: 31.
Saint-Just: 27 (would have been).

Which gives the CSP the average age of: 38,5 years old. Hm, I don't know if that's young or not for an "executive". I'm pretty sure it's younger than most executives we have in western countries right now though... Okay, so it's Saint-Just's fault: he considerably brings down the whole average. :P
[identity profile] maelicia.livejournal.com
Thus I wish to share with you the 1964 TV movie La Terreur et la Vertu by Stellio Lorenzi and Alain Decaux.

Ah, the 1960s! The glorious decade of the victorious left! When the revolutionary, republican and jacobin tradition reigned over historiography!... Long before Furet’s Reaction, which brought with it films such as Wajda’s "Danton", Enrico’s "La Révolution française", De Broca’s "Chouans", Rohmer’s "L’Anglaise et le Duc", Jacquot’s "Sade", Coppola’s "Marie-Antoinette" and the Supreme Being Knows What could be next. Meh.

But that is another story. Back to La Terreur et la Vertu.

I begin with screencaps, which were made by [livejournal.com profile] estellacat. I only uploaded them. :D (And yet, it was very, very, very long. >.> )

Behind this cut, thumbnails of the film. )


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