"Si Versailles m'était conté" stage director: Sacha Guitry April 1953
Escenas de "Si Versailles M'était Conté" de Sacha Guitry, 1953 con Jean Marais, J P Aumont, B Bardot, G Philipe, Bourvil, Edith Piaf.
"Royal Affairs in Versailles":
Directed by Sacha Guitry
Produced by Sacha Guitry
Clément Duhour (executive producer)
Written by Sacha Guitry (scenario & dialogue)
Music by Jean Françaix
Cinematography Pierre Montazel
Editing by Raymond Lamy
Distributed by Cocinor (France)
Times Film Corporation (USA)
Release date(s) 9 March 1954 (France)
8 March 1957 (USA}
Running time 165 minutes
"Royal Affairs in Versailles" (French title: Si Versailles m'était conté) is a 1954 French historical drama directed by Sacha Guitry, which tells some episodes through portrayal of the personalities who lived in Versailles' castle. Its sister films are Napoléon (1955) and If Paris Were Told to Us (1956).
The film is notable for the presence of a great number of well-known French actors, often appearing in short cameos. One unknown actor playing a major character is Gilbert Bokanowski (credited as Gilbert Boka) portraying Louis XVI. Bokanowski was actually the film's production manager and was cast because of his strong resemblance to the monarch.
The scene shown here depicts the storming of the Palace at
Versailles, at the moment during The French Revolution when
the palace is overtaken by the French masses and its occupants
are seized and sent to prison, later being executed.
In this scene, Piaf "the Daughter of the People" is lifted up onto the palace gates
by the masses, and held there as she sings her song to the Palace's occupants, striking fear into the hearts of the king and queen.
Piaf received good reviews for the film, but sadly it was her only