7 Thought-Provoking Movies about Revolutionary France ...

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The years 1787-1799 have been depicted many times in movies about the French Revolution.

It is a fascinating period in history, not just for France but for its neighbors and also for America.

Movies about the French Revolution are dramatic, romantic, shocking and thought provoking.

This is my pick of the best of them.

1. Carry on Don’t Lose Your Head

On iTunes at itunes.apple.com

It’s a serious subject but the great institution of British films – Carry On – just had to find humor in it and produced one of the funniest, if not the only funny, movies about Revolutionary France.

Carry on Don’t Lose Your Head is my favorite Carry On and is a spoof of that very fine story, The Scarlet Pimpernel.2

Enjoy the fun as Sir Rodney Ffing aka The Black Fingernail runs rings around revolutionaries Citizen Camembert and Citizen Bidet to rescue the French aristocrats from La Guillotine.

2. The Scarlet Pimpernel

On Amazon at amazon.co.uk

I have always loved this story.

There are a number of adaptations of Baroness Orczy’s novel for film and television but this 1982 production is my favorite.

It is a TV movie but I think it is good enough to have enjoyed a cinema release.

It delivers a real good dose of heroism, daring do and plenty of romance.

Anthony Andrews is a very believable Pimpernel and I totally am convinced by Sir Ian McKellen’s performance as Chauvelin.

3. Scaramouche

On iTunes at itunes.apple.com

The country may be in a full state of revolution but we all know it’s love that makes the world go round, so there’s always time for romance.2

Loosely based on a novel by Raphael Sabatini, Scaramouche is one of Hollywood’s seriously swashbuckling movies about the French Revolution.

There’s not much of a nod to the Revolution and is more a tale of characters than the time.

The showdown sword fighting sequence is believed to be the longest in movie history.

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