Scen.: Camille de Morlhon;Int.: Georges Wague, Léon Bernard, Berthe Bovy. Prod.: Pathé (No. 4152). 35mm. L.: 201 m. D.: 10’ a 18 f/s. Col.
It would be possible, and very interesting, to show the arc of the French Revolution in one great programme of films from before 1914, its episodes ordered according to the chronology of the historical events. Here are two versions of the episode Mme Tallien, the beautiful libertine Thérésa Cabarrus, Marquise de Fontenay. She was imprisoned in 1793 and freed by Tallien, who was in love with her, was arrested again in Paris in 1794 and in prison struck up a friendship with Joséphine de Beauharnais, who would later become Bonaparte’s first wife. To save her, Tallien joined the opponents of Robespierre. After the latter’s fall, Thérésa was celebrated as Notre-Dame de Thermidor. Thérésa and Joséphine were to become leading figures of fashion and society in the next few pleasure-loving crazy years. Version I: Albert Capellani. Version II: Camille de Morlhon.