The French Revolution

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Overview

In 1789, only a few years after France helped colonists in America win their freedom from Great Britain, a band of Parisian rebels staged an attack on the Bastille, looting needed supplies of food and materiel after the increasingly callous French authorities ignored their pleas. The incident proved to be the first salvo in a civil war that raged in France for the next ten years, with the allies of freedom and democracy (mostly in the working or peasant classes) struggling to tear down the rule of the French ...
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Overview

In 1789, only a few years after France helped colonists in America win their freedom from Great Britain, a band of Parisian rebels staged an attack on the Bastille, looting needed supplies of food and materiel after the increasingly callous French authorities ignored their pleas. The incident proved to be the first salvo in a civil war that raged in France for the next ten years, with the allies of freedom and democracy (mostly in the working or peasant classes) struggling to tear down the rule of the French aristocracy and their long-standing feudal system. The French Revolution is a documentary which offers a detailed look at this pivotal event in European history, created using historical re-enactments, classic painting and drawings, and interviews with authors and historians who share the story of the revolution and the major players in the tale, including Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, Jean-Paul Marat, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Maximilien Robespierre. Narrated by Edward Herrmann, The French Revolution was originally produced for the cable television network The History Channel.
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Special Features

"The Making of The French Revolution" featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • UPC: 733961718492
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,932

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Herrmann Voice Only
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Political Alliances [10:25]
2. The Enlightenment [4:33]
3. Madame Deficit [4:57]
4. Financial Crisis [6:29]
5. To the Batille [3:44]
6. The People's Friend [9:35]
7. Foreign Assistance [9:43]
8. Death of a King [9:44]
9. Noble Blood [10:55]
10. Defending the Border [8:56]
11. Civic Virtue [10:37]
12. Credits [:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Program
   Scene Selection
   The Making of The French Revolution
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    French Revolution: Deadly Mixture of Tyranny and Enlightenment

    The French Revolution, a DVD set by The History Channel, will be of interest to a wide audience. Well-done reenactments, paintings, interviews with leading historians, and the narration of Edward Herrmann help viewers get a better appreciation for the French Revolution and its impact on European and world history. The History Channel does a good job in covering the events, including the American Revolution, which led to the overthrow of the French monarchy and the establishment of the New Republic in the 1790s C.E. Furthermore, The History Channel explains well the interactions among the main protagonists of this bloody, chaotic, and transformative period. These protagonists were among others king Louis XVI, his wife Marie Antoinette, Jacques Necker, Maximilien Robespierre, Jean-Paul Marat, George Jacques Danton, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, and last but not least, Napoléon Bonaparte. To its credit, The History Channel clearly articulates the institutional developments at the apex of France and the vain attempts of the other European powers to nip the French Revolution in the bud. To summarize, this DVD set reflects with conviction on a watershed series of events that like the Industrial and American Revolutions thoroughly changed the course of human history forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Documentary EVER!!!!!

    The music, the camera angles, the actors! It was all GOLD!!!! It was better than some other movies that were like Sci-Fi! It was a great movie and a wonderful learning experience!

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