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Queen Margot

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Think marriage can be tricky? Marguerite de Valois could tell you a thing or two, were she still alive, but Queen Margot (as she was known colloquially) relays her message. The 1994 French film tells the story of Marguerite, sister to France's King Charles IX. For nothing more than political expediency, the nineteen-year-old Catholic was forced to marry Henri de Bourbon, a Protestant. If an arranged marriage weren't bad enough, five days after Margot's wedding the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of French Protestants erupted in Paris. Real love arrives in the form of a wounded Huguenot fleeing the Catholic mobs; the young queen hides him and eventually falls for him. Patrice Chereau's lavish historical film (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas) stars Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Perez as the lovers. It is presented jointly by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster Film Series as part of the Classic French Film Festival.

7:30 p.m. Sat., Mar. 21. Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). $10 to $12.
Sat., March 21, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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