[identity profile] pedrolino.livejournal.com
I first got really into the French Revolution after watching the documentary the History Channel made in 2004 or 2005. I rewatched it recently, and while I was somewhat dismayed that they managed to get through the entire thing without mentioning anybody but Robespierre and Danton more than once, I think it's a pretty good, understandable introduction to the period. Has anyone else seen it? What are your views?
[identity profile] sunliner.livejournal.com
I watched Simon Schama's Power of Art thing on David and jeeeez, he really hates him, doesn't he? It actually bothered me. Like, to the point where I made faces at the TV.
Also I forgot to add that it is very apparent that Death of Marat just EXHUDES ~*evil revolutionary sentiments*~ that corrupt the minds of our youth, ya know?
[identity profile] trf-chan.livejournal.com
In the past few days, I've read Vive la Revolution by Mark Steel and Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution by Ruth Scurr. I also watched the movie Danton. Some thoughts on them:

Vive la Revolution )

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Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution )

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Danton )

Also, random plug that has nothing to do with the French Revolution: Little Miss Sunshine is freaking awesome.
[identity profile] tearosefury.livejournal.com
Well after two days of only taking 45min-1 hour breaks for eating, grocery store shopping and, yup that's it, I finally read all of David Andress's The Terror, which was assigned for my Modern Europe seminar, which happens to be all on France. It was quite good; more the classical narrative style than I expected, but, it was therefore plenty readable. I was surprised actually at how little unpleased I was with sitting for 3-5 hour stints of reading; I couldn't think of anything better to do, at least. But then again it was about *the Terror*, only my favorite topic in history after 1790s politics and the Enlightenment. The politics of the French Revolution are so insanley convulted, confusing and complicated that I think it's really a lifetime endeavor getting a grasp on all the characters, whose side they were at various points and why, not to mention all the various reasons, from political to purely personal, for factional infighting etc. And of course you've never heard every awful detail about how many horrible, horrible things happened; you're never fully done being shocked with the capacity of ideology and political fervor, just as much as religion or any other agent of human inspiration, to inspire the most casual cruelty and justify in the believer's mind actions which are in fact directly opposite to their most cherised ideals.

Imagine a world without the French Revolution? Amongst countless other things - basically modernity, a lot of people would claim - that wouldn't be the same or would never have developed, to me what stands out would be how much less we would know about the human condition, expierence, and our possible capabilities under certain situations and certain mindsets. Truely amazing. And, Andress' conclusion actually made me feeling sorry for Saint-Just, something that had never happened before.
[identity profile] trf-chan.livejournal.com
Holy hell, I have finally seen the History Channel French Rev. documentary again. The last time I saw it was the day it came out, when I hardly even knew there had been a French Revolution. I was curious to see how my perception of it had changed from then to now.

First, a note on getting it: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH. You see, the first time, using Amazon, the people randomly said that something was wrong with my mom's credit card. This was most unusual, since it seemed to work just fine for the other four or so people I had ordered things from around that time. So we scrapped that. Then, mom found an Ebay seller offering it very cheap. We went for that. Uh-oh! Turns out that was a scam. There was no DVD! Ahaha, fooled you! Mom told me that clearly God did not want me to have this DVD. Never one to listen to God, I went back to Amazon and found a different seller. Everything went through fine, except for some small delays. Finally. So, yes, in conclusion: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH.

How was it, IMO? Er...quite mediocre. But the guy playing Robespierre was cute, so no worries. A+++, would drool over again.

Okay, some more specific comments:

LJ cut )

Final Grade: C
*Change to B+ if the only thing you know about the French Revolution is the fact that it was indeed a revolution which took place in a country called France.

EDIT: Using this wonderful site, I have come up with the following.

You're On Notice! )

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