Patreon Post Unlocked: Jefferson in Paris (1995)


There are some definite problems with the Merchant/Ivory film Jefferson in Paris (1995). The story doesn’t quite come together, the filmmakers don’t seem to know which story they’re telling, and the depiction of slavery tries so hard but doesn’t quite get there. However, it’s a well-made, interesting film with some great performances … and it’s HANDS DOWN the best depiction of 1780s French costume I’ve ever seen on screen. I’ve been trying to get to reviewing some of The Frock Flicks Classics that we’ve put off because they’re so good that they require a really in-depth review. I finally tackled A Room With a View, now let’s really Do This on Jefferson in Paris.

Because I have LITERALLY a million screencaps to discuss, I’m not even going to get into a review of the film — for that, check out my short review. Know that the film has great performances by Greta Scacchi, Simon Callow as the foppiest of fops, and Thandie Newton.

Read all of this review of Jefferson in Paris (1995) here!

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3 Responses

  1. Damnitz

    I saw a large interview with the director on arte-TV and he had chosen “Jefferson in Paris” under all his films to show it to the audience because he thought that it was one of his most important films. In some aspects he was very clear and argued very fine that Lambert Wilson was the best Lafayette we ever saw on screen (although Sam Neill in my opinion did a great job too in 1989). He was just very much looking like the real person and could give us the right impression of the very special character. And he said that Charlotte de Turkheim was the best Marie Antoinette ever and there I’m completely on his side. She has just the right way to show her presence as a queen and to show that she was so much conected to her favourites. The film has some problems especially with the very much too old and stiff acting Michael Lonsdale as Louis XVI. Even in 1995 Balmer would have fitted better into the role. He just has the right sort of acting people like the real king, what you can see in “Madame Bovary” too.
    Great job in bringing forward that film again. I would suppose that it is one of the most interesting films about the period if you are focussed on the costumes and so many aspects of the lifestyle of that age of les lumières.


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