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Marat / Sade
     

Marat / Sade

Director: Peter Brook, Ian Richardson, Patrick Magee, Ruth Baker

Cast: Peter Brook, Ian Richardson, Patrick Magee, Ruth Baker

 

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Peter Brook's Marat/Sade is now available from MGM's avant-garde cinema division, in the widescreen theatrical release format. Unfortunately, being in widescreen is the only plus on this DVD, as both the video and audio quality is quite poor. The visuals are grainy and washed out, while the sound quality is muddled and quite often grating. For a film that

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Peter Brook's Marat/Sade is now available from MGM's avant-garde cinema division, in the widescreen theatrical release format. Unfortunately, being in widescreen is the only plus on this DVD, as both the video and audio quality is quite poor. The visuals are grainy and washed out, while the sound quality is muddled and quite often grating. For a film that contains several musical scenes, it is a bit baffling why a Dolby stereo transfer was not included. As for bonuses, all that is included is the original theatrical trailer. Available in English and Spanish soundtracks, as well as French and Spanish subtitles, this is one title that would benefit greatly from a remaster.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Peter Brook's Marat / Sade bristles with an intensity and visual complexity rarely found in adapted stage productions. Though ostensibly a performance set in an asylum, the borders in Marat / Sade seem far too permeable and the subject matter far too relevant to its 1966 audience to be simply that. At the play's opening, the lines between inmate and doctor, real and unreal seem just as immutable as the metal bars separating the performers from the audience. As the film progresses, it evolves into a stunningly subtle treatise of power of all forms. Marat preaching revolution from his bathtub represents not only political power, but the power of the masses. Monsieur Coubnier, who periodically interrupts the play to preach platitudes about the enlightenment of Napoleanic culture when de Sade's social commentary grows too sharp, embodies the power of the institution and of convention. Finally de Sade himself welds authorial control. All three vie for the upper hand in an increasingly pitched battle until the film's chaotic climax where only one man is left standing. Released a mere year or two before ideological street fighting rocked the developed world in 1968 -- from Prague to Tokyo, Berkeley to Beijing -- the film's long discussions between Marat and de Sade seem plucked straight from a smoky Parisian coffee house. Marat's uber-idealism mirrors that of Maoism -- a philosophy that by 1966 was gaining popularity among Europe's intellectuals. De Sade, with his emphasis on spontaneity and individualism, echoes that of the Situationalists whose theories fueled the Paris uprising in 1968. All this aside, Marat / Sade is a stunning film to watch. Cinematographer David Watkin bathes the screen in a gorgeous soft white light. Glenda Jackson as Marat's assassin, Charlotte Corday; Ian Richardson as Marat, and Patrick Magee as de Sade all deliver sterling performances. Riveting, ribald, and revolutionary, Marat / Sade is a hypnotic piece of filmmaking and a brilliant snapshot of the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
UPC:
0027616864444
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Richardson Jean-Paul Marat
Patrick Magee Marquis de Sade
Ruth Baker Mlle. Coulmier
Glenda Jackson Charlotte Corday
Brenda Kempner Mme. Coulmier
Clifford Rose Monsieur Coulmier
Fred Jones Cucurucu
Michael Williams Herald
Jeanette Landis Rossignol
Robert Lloyd Jacques Roux
Hugh Sullivan Kokol
Jonathan Burn Polpoch
Susan Williamson Simonne Evrard
John Steiner Monsieur Dupere
Morgan Sheppard A Mad Animal
James Mellor Schoolmaster
Ian Hogg Military Representative
Henry Woolf Father
John Hussey Newly Rich Lady
John Harwood Voltaire
Leon Lissek Lavoisier
Mary Allen Patients
Michael Percival Patients
Patrick Gowers Musicians
Dick Callinan Musicians
Mark Jones Abbot

Technical Credits
Peter Brook Director
Michael Birkett Producer
Malcolm Goddard Choreography
Patrick Gowers Musical Direction/Supervision
Sally Jacobs Production Designer
Ted Marshall Art Director
Adrian Mitchell Screenwriter
Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Peaslee Score Composer
Bunty Phillips Makeup
Tom Priestley Editor
Geoffrey Skelton Screenwriter
David Watkin Cinematographer
Peter Weiss Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [1:53]
2. Meet The Players [7:52]
3. The Play Begins [8:22]
4. Corday's First Visit [3:22]
5. Troubles In Paris [8:54]
6. On Life And Death [6:04]
7. Liturgy/Intervention [8:08]
8. Vive La Revolution [7:37]
9. Rousing And Beating [3:58]
10. Opposing Beliefs [6:11]
11. 2nd Visit/ Nightmare [10:08]
12. Marat's Call [9:23]
13. Preparations [9:42]
14. Corday's Last Visit [12:28]
15. An Untidy Ending [7:04]
16. Credits [:12]

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