Le radeau de la Méduse

Le radeau de la Méduse (1998)

Iranian Iradj Azimi directed this French historical drama re-creating events depicted in the famous 1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa by Jean Louis Andre Theodore Gericault (1791-1824). The ill-fated voyage of the frigate Medusa begins when it departs Rochefort for Senegal in 1816. After striking a sandbar off the African coast, 150 civilians row safely to shore, but Captain Chaumareys (Jean Yanne) orders 140 soldiers and sailors onto a raft (minus supplies) and has it cut loose. Only 14 survive from the 140, creating a scandal back in France. Gericault (Laurent Terzieff) later talks to three of the survivors while researching his painting. Work on this film began in 1987, but sets destroyed by Hurricane Hugo caused delays, so the film was not completed until 1990. However, it then remained undistributed until an incident in which writer-director Azimi slashed his wrists in front of French Ministry of Culture officials.

Writing:
  • Iradj Azimi
Directing:
  • Iradj Azimi
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  • Views: 2
  • Release Date: 1998-07-15
  • Language: Français
  • Country: FR
  • Runtime: 130

Jean Yanne

Chaumareys

Claude Jade

Reine Schmaltz

Philippe Laudenbach

Julien Schmaltz

Rufus

Harmonica

Michel Baumann

Maître d'équipage

Laurent Terzieff

Théodore Géricault

Jean Desailly

La Tullaye

Marie Matheron

la cantinière aveugle
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