Against the backdrop of the Protestant Reformation, the movie QUEEN MARGOT tells the story of the political maneuvering of France's royal family as the Queen Catherine de Medici first gives her Roman Catholic daughter Margot in marriage to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot Protestant, and then proceeds to kill 50,000 Huguenots living in Paris on St. Bartholome's Day. By way of stabbings, fits, rapes, orgies, lies, betrayals, and adulteries, QUEEN MARGOT positions Christianity as the harbinger of warfare and corruption.
QUEEN MARGOT focuses on the political maneuvering of France’s royal family during the Protestant Reformation. This French film begins in 1572 as Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders convene in Paris to resolve the country’s religious strife. In accord with the conference, Queen Catherine de Medici, a devoted Catholic, gives her daughter Margot in marriage to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot Protestant. Afterwards, Catherine enacts her conspiracy to kill all the Huguenots living in Paris on St. Bartholomew’s Day. The massacre of 50,000 Protestants, depicted in gory detail, is on a grand scale. Henri lives under house arrest with Margot. Prince Charles releases Henri, but refuses to let Margot go to Navarre. Eventually, Margot flees to Navarre where she and Henri, although not in love, serve dutifully together. Catherine’s sons die, and Henri reigns, throwing off Catherine’s Catholic oppression.
QUEEN MARGOT is a muddled examination of a complex time. It distracts its viewers with a nexus of subplots without explaining the relationship they bear upon the characters. The cinematography is made up of close-ups and night shots of orgies of sex and violence, and the story proceeds by way of stabbings, fits, rapes, orgies, lies, betrayals, and adulteries. Regrettably, QUEEN MARGOT is simply another iteration of Christianity as the harbinger of warfare and corruption.
(R, C, Ab, L, VVV, SSS, NNN, B) Romanticism; 5 obscenities & 5 profanities; graphic violence & brutality in massacre of people; adultery & fornication graphically depicted; and, male & female nudity.