La Reine Margot
Patrice Chéreau / France/Italy/Germany 1994 / 2h25m / Digital / French and Italian with English subtitles
Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi.
Patrice Chéreau's sumptuous historical drama, which centres on the intrigues to the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacres, work best as a thundering good yarn, full of dastardly plots, familial hatred, ill-starred romance, and lashings of gore. Basically, the complex storyline charts the rivalry between Catholics and Huguenots at the time of the arranged marriage of Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil) to Margot (Isabelle Adjani), sister of Henri III of France and daughter of Catherine de Medici, who rules her depraved clan with a will of iron. It's spectacular to look at, enhanced by Chéreau's imaginative use of music and performed with considerable brio by the starry cast.