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Le patriote (1938)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Baur ... Le tsar Paul 1er
Pierre Renoir ... Le comte de Pahlen
Suzy Prim ... Anna Ostermann
Jacques Varennes ... Panine
Elmire Vautier ... La tsarine
Geller Geller ... Mouravieff
Nicolas Rimsky ... Yocov (as Rimsky)
André Carnège André Carnège ... Zoubov (as Carnège)
Fernand Mailly ... L'amiral (as Mailly)
Jacques Mattler Jacques Mattler ... Le commandant disgracié (as Mattler)
Robert Seller Robert Seller ... Narichkine (as Seller)
André Varennes André Varennes ... Le ministre de la guerre (as A. Varennes)
Victor Vina Victor Vina ... (as Vina)
Paula Clère Paula Clère ... L'espionne (as Paula Claire)
Gérard Landry Gérard Landry ... Le tsarévitch


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Release Date:

10 June 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Emperor See more »

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F.C.L. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »


Remade as Der Patriot (1959) See more »

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And the river opens for the righteous...
17 March 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It's 1801,folks, and that wicked czar Paul the First is making it rough all over.

Harry Baur was one of the greatest French actors of the thirties,and even when the screenplay takes a lot of liberties (an euphemism) with history , it's a pleasure to watch him .It was not the first time he had tackled a Russian character : a couple of years before,he had portrayed Rasputin,in "La Tragédie Impériale" (the name of the assassin was not historically accurate ,but the movie holds up quite well today)

"Le Patriote " is a horse of a different color,as far as history is concerned : the czar is an infantile tyrant ,probably to justify his assassination and the title : this patriot is count Pahlen (Pierre Renoir),one of the plotters who tells his naive master he is part of the conspiracy just to thwart their ominous plans (historically accurate) ,and commits suicide once his duty is done (false,he died years after).The czarevitch (Gerard Landry) knew everything about the plot,but he thought his authoritarian father's life would be spared ;on the other hand, his love affair with Nadia (Josette Day) is pure fiction and seems inspired by Rudolf Von Hapsburg and Mary Vetsera :after his father's death,he became Alexander the First and married a German princess.

Paul the First's reign was not thoroughly negative : he notably made the living conditions of serfdom less harsh ; but he did not trust the nobles and it may explain his tragic fate,although the notorious "patriot" of the movie is seen in a much less flattering light by historians.

With his follow -up ,"Katia" ,starring Danielle Darrieux ,Maurice Tourneur would carry on with Russian history (or its footnotes).

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