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Marat/Sade

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Cast
Glenda Jackson, Patrick Magee, Ian Richardson
Released
1967
Marquis de Sade
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Full title: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade

Patients in gowns and straight jackets enter a barred room in an asylum. We see stereotypic movement, psychomotor agitation. (0:02)

Coulmier announces, “As director of the clinic at Charenton I should like to welcome you to this salon. To one of our residents a vote of thanks is due. Monsieur de Sade, who wrote and has produced this play... for our patients’ rehabilitation... We prefer therapy...” Herald: “To act this weighty role we chose a lucky paranoic, one of those who’ve made unprecedented strides since we introduced them to hydrotherapy... Unfortunately the girl who plays the role here has sleeping sickness, also melancholia... This actor’s... one of our brightest sexual maniacs.” (0:04)

Columier asks de Sade, “What’s going to happen when right at the start of the play the patients are so disturbed?” (0:13)

De Sade, referring to his tailor: “I saw him foam at the mouth and scream with rage...” (0:42)

De Sade: “Marat can’t you see this patriotism is lunacy?” (0:51)

A patient: “Long live watery broth and the straight jacket.” (0:52)

Monsieur Duperret: “Escaped lunatics!” (1:25)

The patients go berserk. (1:55)