Children of the Century

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While pioneering pre-feminist author George Sand has been the subject of several film biographies focusing on her ten year relationship with Frederick Chopin, Les enfants du siècle looks at an earlier period in Sand's life, in particular her stormy romance with poet Alfred de Musset. In the early 1830's, Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) has abandoned her husband and arrives in Paris with her children in tow as rioting divides the city. The Baroness decides to reinvent herself and pursue a career as a writer; ...
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While pioneering pre-feminist author George Sand has been the subject of several film biographies focusing on her ten year relationship with Frederick Chopin, Les enfants du siècle looks at an earlier period in Sand's life, in particular her stormy romance with poet Alfred de Musset. In the early 1830's, Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) has abandoned her husband and arrives in Paris with her children in tow as rioting divides the city. The Baroness decides to reinvent herself and pursue a career as a writer; she renames herself George Sand, begins wearing clothes modeled after men's suits, and smokes cigarettes while penning manifestos denouncing marriage and affirming a woman's right to sexual satisfaction. Alfred de Musset (Benoit Magimel), a noted author, finds her brash nature fascinating, and they become first friends, then lovers as he helps her craft her literary efforts. However, Sand is six years older than de Musset, which leads to a severe conflict with his family; the couple heads to Venice in search of escape and inspiration, but Alfred decides that he prefers the city's brothels to George's company and that they should keep separate rooms from now on. George makes the acquaintance of an Italian doctor, Pagello (Stefano Dionisi), with whom she has a passionate affair; the realization that he's driven her into the arms of another man proves too much for Alfred, who returns to France. Eventually, George leaves Pagello and gives Alfred another chance, a decision she comes to regret. Les Enfants du Siecle had its world premiere at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Photo gallery; Presented in the original French theatrical version; Includes over 20 minutes of additional footage; Cast and filmmaker bios; Original theatrical trailer; Aspect ratio: widescreen, enhanced for 16x9 ; French with English subtitles; Dolby Digital Surround Sound
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 741952300298
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche George Sand
Benoît Magimel Alfred de Musset
Stefano Dionisi Pagello
Robin Renucci Buloz
Karin Viard Marie Dorval
Isabelle Carré Aimee d'Alton
Arnaud Giovaninetti Tattet
Denis Podalydès Sainte-Beuve
Olivier Foubert Paul
Marie-France Mignal Mme de Musset
Victoire Thivisol Solange
Technical Credits
Diane Kurys Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Vincent Amardi Sound/Sound Designer
Luis Enriquez Bacalov Score Composer
Marc Baraduc Asst. Director
Robert Benmussa Executive Producer
Vilko Filac Cinematographer
Christine Gozlan Associate Producer
Murray Head Screenwriter
Laurent Kossayan Sound/Sound Designer
Christian Lacroix Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Moulevrier Casting
Maxime Rebiere Art Director
Anais Romand Costumes/Costume Designer
Francois Olivier Rousseau Screenwriter
Alain Sarde Producer
Jean-Louis Ughetto Sound/Sound Designer
Joëlle van Effenterre Editor
Bernard Vezat Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. George and Buloz
3. Several Years Earlier
4. Alfred de Musset
5. One Year Later
6. Bath Time
7. George's Play
8. Touch the Marble
9. Can You Put Me Up?
10. Departure for Italy
11. Alone at Last
12. Venice
13. Stroll With the Doctor
14. No Longer With Me
15. Too Much at Once
16. Dear Buloz
17. Jealousy
18. No Bad Memories
19. Write to Me
20. Return to Paris
21. Did You Get My Letter?
22. The Ball
23. Reunited
24. Do You Mind?
25. A Night Out
26. Alfred's Key
27. Alfred and Buloz
28. Beuve's Visit
29. Farewell
30. Missing Letters
31. We Only Love Once
32. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: Surround Sound
      Audio: 2.0 Stereo
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Extras
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Photo Gallery
      Biographies
   Koch Lorber Films Online
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully Tragic

    While Children of the Century might be a tad drawn out, it ends up dragging you further into a tale of romance, betrayal, and true love. A utterly beautiful yet tragic story about love and life, while at the same time following l'histoire of one of the most brilliant female writers. A delightful and touching french film.

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