Please note that the runtime of this print is 122m (previously listed as 150m).
A bevy of 18th-century notables (including ribald novelist Restif de la Bretonne, played by Jean-Louis Barrault; American rabble-rouser Thomas Paine, played by Harvey Keitel; and a haughty countess played by Hanna Schygulla) find themselves caught up in the tumult of the French Revolution as they travel along the same route as King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette during their attempted escape from Paris in 1791. Stealing the show is Mastroianni’s marvelously insouciant incarnation of legendary lover Casanova, here an aging, primping rake in powdered wig and ruffles. The colorful period detail and fizzy repartee make for a witty, rambunctious work of speculative history. 35mm print from Istituto Luce Cinecittà.