I am an absolute costume movie/period movie addict. I just love looking at the clothes and sets of different time periods. So I am super excited to see that Queen Margot, one of my top five period films of all time, is being re-released for it’s 20th anniversary with additional footage! I read that they cut out a lot of the original French movie in order to make it more appealing to the American market. They wanted this French movie to focus more on the love story for the American release. Isn’t that sort of unexpected and interesting? I have not seen the new version yet but I am dying to. There are so many scenes that look like they are straight out of a Renaissance painting. I’ll warn you now though. It is an all around intense film. The massacre and fighting is intense, Margot’s family is intense, and the French love scenes are intense (but not in a bad, cable tv way, in a way that they fit seamlessly into the movie and enhance the characters/story). The film is based on the Alexandre Dumas book (written in 1845) that tells the story of the 1572 St Bartholomew’s Day Masacre. I read the book after seeing the movie and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed with the book (and I usually like classic books). How often can you say that? Actually, I often say that when it comes to period films. I am so in love with the visual aspect of the film that I frequently don’t care if they have destroyed the story. As long as they haven’t made a mess of the dialogue (I hate bad dialogue!). I can usually roll with it when the costumes and set are worth it. That’s terrible, right? I have to say though that with Queen Margot, the story, casting, dialogue, costumes, and sets all work for me. It is all so terrifying and beautiful and French.
This blue dress kills me. Literally. I want one.
Look at the hair jewelry/crown. To die for.
This shot is amazing. It looks like a painting to me. The director goes for some extra long, still shots of some scenes so that you can appreciate the artwork of it all.
Isabelle Adjani was 39 years old in this movie. What?!?!? I’m 39 now. She is so lovely. French women really do know something about beauty, don’t they? It’s rather inspiring.
Did I mention that Vincent Perez plays Margot’s love? He is every bit as beautiful as she is.
I just realized something. I think this is the film that truly began my obsession with period films, costumes, and fabric. I was maybe 19 or 20 when Christian and I rented this on video. I can remember watching it for the first time and rewinding it and re watching it immediately afterwards. If you haven’t seen this movie, please do and tell me what you think!