Today I'm changing it up because though what I'm going to post about
is French, it isn't a place, but a movie. "L'Hussard Sur le Toit" the American title is The Horseman on the Roof. Which is one of my all time favorite French
films. It stars Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez. Also Gerard Depardieu. Stunning photography
and a story based on the 1951 French novel of the same name by Jean Giono,
I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It has history, passion (my
favorite parts!), love, duty, honor, the cholera plague, and scenery to die
for. Set during the 1500s during a Cholera epidemic, a woman is driven to discover if her husband is safe or not. A man in the Italian army, a Colonel, a Hussard, is being chased by assassins. They meet and soon are traveling
together. I won't say anymore but you know they are destined to fall in love.
The scenery in this film is so well done that the places become as important as
the people in the story. They truly make the film, as if a character alone in
Original movie poster in France
The one for the States
The book cover
The Horseman on the roof! Yep, he actually did go on the rooftops at one point...
Almost caught by guards wanting to put her in quarantine.
But she's no pansy and fought back
So did he. Great move in the movie when he throws the sword straight up and the crowd must move back to avoid its return to earth.
Hi Lisa .. we have lots of films here at our Film Society's selection, while the cinema brings down French films for the foreign English language students in the town .. so I see a great many. This one I haven't seen .. it looks a wonderful romantic film with beautiful settings - no wonder you wanted to include it .. thanks for the clip -now I want to see it!ReplyDelete
At leat today I don't need to hanker after a place, but the whole of France! Cheers Hilary
I have not seen The Horseman on the Roof, but will now!!!!ReplyDelete
I remember watching this! I loved this movie :) I don't have many people here in the US to talk to about European movies... Fun post!ReplyDelete
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