Ciné-Club: Marat / Sade

Ciné-Club: Marat / Sade

Sunday, July 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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The revolution, retold. In anticipation of Bastille Day, we'll be centering this week's Ciné-Club around a film that brings a uniquely theatrical (and a uniquely crazy) take on the tale of the French Revolution - join us as we discuss Peter Brook's bizzarre historical fiction ... 

Marat / Sade (1967)

Rent on Vudu

1808 - Charenton Asylum, 19 years after the storming of the Bastille. The stage is set for the stage to be set, as notorious hedonist Le Marquis de Sade stages a play from inside the madhouse recounting the famed murder of the revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat in 1793. The inmates are the actors and De Sade himself among them is the grand maestro, spinning a tale of the French Revolution that bucks and sways between the subversive dreams of the patients and the bourgeois, supervisory eyes of the hospital director. Both the players and the audience hope to see their own warring philosophies reflected in the moral of the story - but what of De Sade? What does our director want? Is the story of the French Revolution only one of pure chaos?

Like a loonier Les Mis, Marat / Sade brings Peter Weiss's famously witty play-within-a-play to the screen, featuring urgent, chilling performances, bizarre musical numbers, and a whole lot of Brechtian, theatrical weirdness. Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and also moderates film groups for the Italian-American Heritage Society of Chicago and San Francisco's Queer Fear horror meetup group.