[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
As in" "Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution" BBC2. Review . (I put that word in in the hope a random googler will stumble here...) Let's put it this way: it uses scenes from "Orphans of the Storm' like documentary footage. It intercuts images of Pol Pot, Stalin, Khomeni (oddly, not of Israel, a threatened democracy, surrounded by enemies, that uses violence to protect itself, and of which Simon Schama is a staunch supporter!!!!) with the acted bits. The CSP only seems to have 6 members - no mention of General Security. Carnot is the voice of reason, and Collot the bloodthirty one with a working class accent to denote cruelty (think Danny the Drug Dealer in Withnail and I, or the Cockney Orcs in LOTR) - though of course, Collot's role in Thermidor isn't mentioned: that wouldn't fit with the story the BBC are telling, you know, where Thermidor is the spontaneous overthrow of a cruel dictator (cue death to the tyrant type images from Gance's"Napoleon') - Fouché, Fréron, Tallien, Billaud and co don't even get a mention. Danton is killed because he's nice, Desmoulins is killed for writing vieux Cordelier no3, Herault's killed because he's posh, Fabre for no reason at all, Brissot and co for no reason at all....
And so on.
Contributions were from David Andress, Hilary Mantel, Zizek, Ruth Scurr (briefly), some other chap, some other chapess whose name I know but forget, and of couse old scrotum face Simon Schama, who cackles that he'd love to have been there on 9 Thermidor.
Frankly, if you knew nothing much about the Revolution, you'd end up as confused as you were at the start. And if you do, you'll be shouting "Oy! What about the Hébertistes! You haven't even mentioned ANYTHING about them!" and similar things at the screen all the way through. Like Mark Steel said, it's like saying in 1940 the British blacked their windows out for no apparent reason.

Lots of bedroom scenes with Robespierre and Saint-Just (with earring), though...
[identity profile] victoriavandal.livejournal.com
There was a discussion on the Kate Beaton comics LJ site recently on history progs, and after I'd posted some stuff on Mark Steel (as the antidote to the loathsome git the BBC have spent 3 million quid of our money on) someone posted a link to a site that has Mark Steel's TV lectures on, plus a bit of Vive la Revolution...if you like his approach (ok, it's not 100% accurate but what the hell), you may enjoy these - http://www.marksteelinfo.com/audiovideo/default.asp (I'm hoping this link works...)
[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
I know there are a lot of people here who enjoy Mark Steel's "Vive la Révolution!" so I hope you'll enjoy this. It's a video of him giving a lecture presenting the book, so we get the stand up history of the Revolution actually as stand up!

Mark Steel speaks about the French Revolution

Lecture

Mar. 9th, 2007 08:23 pm
[identity profile] twirlychelengk.livejournal.com
Mark Steel is doing a series of lectures on revolution, and la Révolution française
was the first. It's on BBC radio 7 if you're interested. If you're not, it's comedy. :D
[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.

Hum...

Nov. 18th, 2006 04:28 pm
[identity profile] trf-chan.livejournal.com
I'm supposed to be looking forward to 'Christmas, what I want for' at the moment. I've been looking around for books about The French Revolution, and I was wondering if anyone has opinions on the following:

The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert

Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution by Ruth Scurr

Saint Just by Norman Hampson

Vive la Revolution by Mark Steel

Thanks!

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