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Best known for their historical epics that examine class and social issues in British life through a thick lens of tasteful production design and good manners, director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant set their sights on an American protagonist for a change with Jefferson in Paris. As the title suggests, Jefferson in Paris deals with the five years that Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte) spent as U.S. ambassador to France prior to the French Revolution; while Jefferson is sympathetic to the revolutionary ...
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Best known for their historical epics that examine class and social issues in British life through a thick lens of tasteful production design and good manners, director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant set their sights on an American protagonist for a change with Jefferson in Paris. As the title suggests, Jefferson in Paris deals with the five years that Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte) spent as U.S. ambassador to France prior to the French Revolution; while Jefferson is sympathetic to the revolutionary forces in France, he's become well enough acquainted with the ruling aristocracy that he finds himself torn between the two sides of the issue. Jefferson, a recent widower, also becomes friends with Maria Cosway (Greta Scacchi), who is married to a foppish British artist; while it's obvious the two are in love, neither is in a position to do anything about their infatuation. And while Jefferson's daughter Patsy (Gwyneth Paltrow) loves her father, she's very upset with him when he sends her to a convent school. In this midst of this personal turmoil, Jefferson's younger daughter Polly (Estelle Eonnet) arrives in Paris, with her slave Sally Hemmings (Thandie Newton) in tow. Attractive and bright (if uneducated), Sally catches Jefferson's eye, and a friendship develops that grows into something deeper; in time, Sally becomes pregnant, and her family claims that Jefferson is the father. At the time Jefferson In Paris was released, the question of Sally Hemmings' relationship with Thomas Jefferson was a matter of lively historical debate; since then, genetic evidence has shown that, while Jefferson's paternity can't be proved beyond a doubt, it is likely that he did father children with Hemmings.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Spanish subtitles; French language soundtrack; Dolby Digital Surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • UPC: 786936209853
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Thomas Jefferson
Greta Scacchi Maria Cosway
Jean-Pierre Aumont D'Hancarville
Simon Callow Richard Cosway
Seth Gilliam James Hemings
James Earl Jones Madison Hemings
Michel Lonsdale Louis XVI
Humbert Balsan Mutilated Officer
Marisa Berenson
Todd Boyce William Short
Vincent Cassel Camille Desmoulins
Catherine Chevalier Lady in Court
Tim Choate Reporter
Stanislas Carre de Malberg Surgeon
Thibault de Montalembert Assistant
Charlotte de Turckheim Marie Antoinette
Vernon Dobtcheff King's Translator
Philippe Girard Post Office Spy
Jacques Herlin Savant
Herve Hiolle King's Messenger
André Julien Savant
Steve Kalfa Dr. Guillotin
Elizabeth Kaza Card Player
Laure Killing Lady in Court
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Head and Heart Game
Nancy Marchand Abbesse
Philippe Mareuil Liberal Aristocrat
Ismail Merchant Tipoo Sultan's Ambassador
Daniel Mesguich Mesmer
Thandie Newton Sally Hemings
Gwyneth Paltrow Patsy Jefferson
Jean-François Perrier Liberal Aristocrat
Yvette Petit Dressmaker
Bruno Putzulu Liberal Aristocrat
Catherine Samie Cook
Martine Sarcey Head and Heart Game
Bob Sessions James Byrd
Nicolas Silberg Monsieur Petit
Christopher Thompson Interpreter
Cicely Tyson
Anthony Valentine British Ambassador
Lambert Wilson Comte de Lafayette
Beatrice Winde Mary Hemings
Elsa Zylberstein Adrienne de Lafayette
Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Humbert Balsan Co-producer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Bradley Executive Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugues DeLaugardiere Cinematographer
Celestia Fox Casting
Guy-Claude Francois Production Designer
Thierry Francois Art Director
Carol Hemming Makeup
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer
Isabelle Lorente Editor
Andrew Marcus Editor
Ismail Merchant Producer
Joanna Merlin Casting
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Larry Pizer Cinematographer
Richard Robbins Score Composer, Songwriter
Donald Rosenfeld Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Jefferson in Paris [7:41]
2. Our Own Ways [14:44]
3. Head and Heart [11:11]
4. Useless Splendors [8:01]
5. Living Vows [14:59]
6. Different Climates [1:01]
7. No In-Between [8:50]
8. Strictly Speaking [4:38]
9. The Immediate Task [3:04]
10. Jealousy of Right [14:10]
11. Proposed Freedom [8:53]
12. End Credits [21:02]
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   Scene Selection
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      Audio Options
         English
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
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