Blu-ray, DVD Release: La Marseillaise

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.89
Studio: KinoLorber

From the great Jean Renoir (The River) comes the 1938 classical music-filled historical epic drama La Marseillaise, which tells the story of the French Revolution with scope and intimacy.

Disregarded in its time, La Marseillaise is only now emerging as a remarkably innovative work of historical excavation.

Made towards the end of France’s left wing Popular Front government when Europe was on the brink of war, La Marseillaise is a markedly political film about a country in flux. Funded by a public subscription service and filmed in a jaunty newsreel style, it follows a cross-section of people—from the citizens of Marseilles to Louis XVI—who are affected by the shifting political and social forces in the early days of the French Revolution.

Kino Lorber’s Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following:

-Audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton
-Archival interview with Jean Renoir
-Booklet essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew

Buy or Rent La Marseillaise

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.