This is a fantastic film, one of my faves, an adaptation of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, the Peter Weiss play that provided Arthur Lee of Love for some of the lyrics for “The Red Telephone,” as you can see in this clip:

In particular, notice how hot Glenda Jackson looks as a narcoleptic thespian assassin!  And Patrick Magee, the “Try the WINE!” dude from A Clockwork Orange, is particularly effective as a detached and mischievous Marquis de Sade, who watches over the inmates of this asylum as they put on his play about the assassination of French Revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat.  And it’s a musical, no less, done almost purely as a stage-play on one set (in what seems to be the asylum’s bath-chamber) with the moviegoer sitting right next to the audience in the asylum itself!  Goddam, it’s good. 

This isn’t so much a blog as an endorsement.  Go see this film, or you’re scum!


Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

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