Le radeau de la Méduse

Le radeau de la Méduse (1998)

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1998-07-15
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 3 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 10min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Gémaci
  • Production Country: France
  • Director: Iradj Azimi
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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.

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  • Jean Yanne

    as Chaumareys
  • Daniel Mesguich

    as Coudein
  • Claude Jade

    as Reine Schmaltz
  • Philippe Laudenbach

    as Julien Schmaltz
  • Alain Macé

    as Coudein
  • Rufus

    as Harmonica
  • Victor Garrivier

    as Richefort
  • Michel Baumann

    as Maître d'équipage
  • Laurent Terzieff

    as Théodore Géricault
  • Jean Desailly

    as La Tullaye
  • Marie Matheron

    as la cantinière aveugle
  • Laurence Hamelin

    as la cantinière
  • Stephanie Lanoux

    as Mlle Schmaltz
Writing Iradj Azimi Screenplay
Camera Ricardo Aronovich Director of Photography
Art Jacques Douy Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Dominique Louis Costume Design
Production Iradj Azimi Producer
Sound Carl Davis Original Music Composer
Editing Alexis Pezas Editor
Camera Pierre Dupouey Director of Photography
Editing Georges Klotz Editor
Directing Iradj Azimi Director
Camera Walther van den Ende Director of Photography