Queen Margot

Synopsis: The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest.
Director(s): Patrice Chéreau
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations.
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159 min


France is torn apart

by the Wars of Religion.

Catholics and Protestants

have been fighting for years.

King Charles IX always let his mother,

Catherine de Medici, rule.

But today the Protestant leader,

Admiral Coligny, has the King's trust:

the entire country might

switch over to the new religion.

To quench the hatred, Catherine

sets up an alliance for peace:

she marries her daughter Margot

to Henri of Navarre,

her Protestant cousin.

A political scheme

that everybody sees through.

But Coligny wants war with

Catholic Spain. He must be stopped.

August 1 8. A heat wave

has fallen over Paris.

Thousands of Protestants

have come for the wedding.

They are invading the inns

and the streets.

Their dark clothes and looks

provoke the Parisians,

already on the verge of rebellion.

Margot's wedding,

a symbol of peace and reconciliation,

will be used to set off the greatest

massacre in the history of France.

It's up there.

Ten coins for the room

and two for the horse.

Ten coins for that!

Find someplace else.

Paris is full. With the wedding,

the Protestants fell on us like the plague.

Who's that!

Who are you?

I'll kill him! Let me kill him!

Who are you?

- He just wants to sleep. Put it away.

- To sleep?

- Well?

- With me?

You'd rather sleep in the street

with your Protestant friends?

What? He's Protestant?

The dust bothers you?

You bother me.

I don't sleep with my brethren,

even less a Catholic!

There's more of us than you.

Get used to it!

There we go! Everybody in the same bed!

We're all friends now!

Unity is what they want,

so set the example!

- You came for the wedding?

- No.

That Margot is an evil whore.

The wedding shames us all.

Henri, King of Navarre, do you

take Marguerite de Valois

as your wife?

l do.

Marguerite de Valois,

do you take Henri de Bourbon

as your husband?


do you take...

In the name of God, of the Son,

and his Holy Church,

I join you in holy matrimony.

By giving you my sister,

I give my heart to your faith.

Welcome to the family.

It's a peculiar one, but not that bad.

- Why not tonight?

- On his wedding night?


- He's a smelly goat.

- A wild boar!

I know it's a bad day

for you, but look:

My Catholics and my Protestants,

together in God's house!

Look, this wedding

will fix everything.

A wedding and a war!

That'll fix the French.


Who talks of war today?

Look at him!

Coligny wants war. Look!

The King's against the war.

What do you know?

The King is Coligny's puppet.

Your power is finished!

Do not hate me yet.

They all hate me:

Your brothers, Guise...

Your mother dislikes me.

Yours hated me.

Yours killed mine.

There was no proof.

- Go on, talk, but you're as scared as me.

- Scared of what?

Who hates you, loves me.

Then why make you marry me?

For peace!

I don't have to sleep with you!

Do not come to my room tonight.


I got you some red blush. A gift!

Who is he?


He is 26. I heard he's a real fanatic.

A bit dark and skinny. Nice smile!

And this one?

Du Bartas. He came with Henri.

He's 1 9.

He lives with his sister!


Nice eyes... But short legs.

Short legs?

Toss him away!

Cond. Royal prince. Which one is he?

That one.

He's a pervert.

He despises me.

- And hem?

- Henri?

What is he doing?

Still drinking? Laughing? What?

They're lining up to see him.

We'll have a haven in Navarre,

freedom of faith in the south,

the right to bear arms...

What can the King guarantee

when Catherine rules?

She doesn't rule any more. I do.

In three days you lead the army,

with me.

Will I still be alive in three days?

How could you marry that scarecrow?

It'll never work!

You did it with Protestants?

You will, though!

I'll stick to Catholics.


The tall one's Armagnac.

The short one, Du Bartas.

- I'll go.

- Go on!

Where were you?

They'll make you convert.


They will! She will!

Margot will convert you!

Who is she?

Charlotte de Sauves.

A Baroness. She's after you.


Do you always stare?

I fancy you, milord!

Can you prove it?

You must do the proving.

Whenever you want.

Choose me over tonight's pleasure.


What pleasure awaits me?

A knife?

Poison? Or a slap,

if God's kind!

My room is above yours.

So it's tonight, or never!

Tonight, as usual...

Anjou won!

And in April, Coligny,

how many men did you lose?

It's not a war!

How many Protestants fought?

But it's not a war.

What is it, then? Answer me. 4,000?

This is a crusade, not a war!

They were ready to die!

But not to fight!

Spain crushed them!

Won't you help Flanders?

Maybe not!

We are willing to help, but...

But what?

It's Spain!

We would be fighting the King of Spain!

And we're just not ready!

Not to fight Europe's greatest army!

Attack Spain, and France takes sides

with the Protestant countries!

But if Spain wins Flanders,

we'll be besieged.

You mean besieged by Catholics!


How long to prepare?

We're ready!

Why did we accept this wedding,

if not to bring peace?

- Peace? You liar!

- We want peace inside France,

so Catholics and Protestants

may fight together outside!


You've 6,000 men here.

And they want to fight.

They're hungry! Beware!

Beware they do not start a revolt

that no one can stop!

l want this war!

The King wants it too.

We'll be ready.

Come feed the dog, Coligny.

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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (UK: , US: ; French: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ dyma]; born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie [dyma davi də la pajətʁi]; 24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas père (French for 'father'), was a French writer. His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films. Dumas' last novel, The Knight of Sainte-Hermine, unfinished at his death, was completed by scholar Claude Schopp and published in 2005. It was published in English in 2008 as The Last Cavalier. Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays, which were successfully produced from the first. He also wrote numerous magazine articles and travel books; his published works totalled 100,000 pages. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris. His father, General Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, was born in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti) to Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, a French nobleman, and Marie-Cessette Dumas, a slave of African descent. At age 14 Thomas-Alexandre was taken by his father to France, where he was educated in a military academy and entered the military for what became an illustrious career. Dumas' father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans. He later began working as a writer, finding early success. Decades later, in the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favour and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years. Upon leaving Belgium, Dumas moved to Russia for a few years before going to Italy. In 1861, he founded and published the newspaper L'Indipendente, which supported the Italian unification effort. In 1864, he returned to Paris. Though married, in the tradition of Frenchmen of higher social class, Dumas had numerous affairs (allegedly as many as forty). In his lifetime, he was known to have at least four illegitimate children; although twentieth-century scholars found that Dumas fathered another three other children out of wedlock. He acknowledged and assisted his son, Alexandre Dumas, to become a successful novelist and playwright. They are known as Alexandre Dumas père ('father') and Alexandre Dumas fils ('son'). Among his affairs, in 1866, Dumas had one with Adah Isaacs Menken, an American actress then less than half his age and at the height of her career. The English playwright Watts Phillips, who knew Dumas in his later life, described him as "the most generous, large-hearted being in the world. He also was the most delightfully amusing and egotistical creature on the face of the earth. His tongue was like a windmill – once set in motion, you never knew when he would stop, especially if the theme was himself." more…

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