Jacquou le Croquant

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Sure, I'll leave a mini review...first the story takes place during the Restoration in the early 1800's in a France bankrupt by the Napoleonic Wars.
There are many differences between the flim and LeRoys book, all made to make the story more Hollywood Happy Ending and simplify the politics, but the director does depict the utter poverty and the cruelty of the newly empowered nobiliity.
That aside, the film is stunningly painterly, emotionally involving and you will find yourself thinking the count got off easy at the end!
If you get a chance, try to find the 8 hour mini series produced for French television in the late 60's. It is faithful to the book in every detail and wonderfully made.

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