The Scarlet Pimpernel• The Novel• Film Adaptations• Films in Context• Themes•Attitudes/Perspectives• Interest
The Novel• Baroness Orczy• Play 1903• Novel 1905• Plot• Characters “They seek him here, they seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!”William Bast and Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, DVD, directed by Clive Donner, Columbia Broadcasting System , 1992.
Film Versions1934 1982
Films in ContextWhat is going on in the World in… 1934? 1982?How might this effect Britain?
Themes• Liberty vs. Tyranny• Life vs. Death• Paranoia, Conspiracy, Secrets• Varying visions of the Revolution
Attitudes and Perspectives• Anglo-centric• Terror-centric• Conservative
Why the continuing interest in the French Revolution in film?1. Despotic resistance2. Violence3. Why an interest in The Scarlet Pimpernel