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  • Originated as a short story, was eventually sold as a play, which was then adapted into a novel in 1905 by its creator, Baroness "Emmuska" Orczy Baroness Orczy was born in Hungary but became established in England and is recognized as a British writer Espionage, romance, and adventurePresents a classic heroic tale of good triumphing over evil The main character, Sir Percy Blakeney, conceals his true identity as the Scarlet Pimpernel by behaving as an aristocratic fool while saving numerous French aristocrats from Madame Guillotine. Other main characters:Marguerite St.-Just, Percy’s wifePaul Chevaulin-Employee of the Republic and Marguerite's former love interestArmand St. Just- Marguerite's brother, employee of the Republic, League of the Scarlet PimpernelRobespierreThe DauphinThe League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 1934: Directed by Howard YoungStarring Leslie HowardLess like the Novel than 1982 version1982:Clive DonnerBritish New Wave DirectorAppeals to “youth”Theme of overcoming Despotism in Donner films
  • What is going on in the World in…1934?Dictators on the rise in Europe specifically Italy and GermanyWWII is approaching1982?Second Cold WarFear of communism
  • Notice how Marguerite explains the different visions of the Revolutions Notice how England is presented as safe, light, peacefulPercy’s reaction to the King’s execution
  • Image: Source: Museum of the French Revolution 93.12/From an English periodical of 1819Liberty vs. TyrannyEngland=sanctuary for émigrés and those who escapedFrance=interrogative, tyrannical, manipulativeLife vs. DeathEngland vs. FranceParanoia, Conspiracy, SecretsDemonstrated in the relationship between Marguerite and Percy, Marguerite and Chauvelin, Armand and Chauvelin, The League vs. The RepublicVarying visions of the RevolutionDemonstrated through interaction between Chauvelin and Marguerite Put below in new slide:Terror- centric1792-1795Very violent atmosphere in FrancePro-MonarchyShock at King’s executionPlot to save the DauphinRestoration is of clear intentAnglo-centricFrance=unsafe, chaotic, godlessEngland=peaceful, moral, safe
  • FearFear of a despotic governmentFear of chaosFear of violenceViolenceEngagingWhy an interest in The Scarlet PimpernelGood triumphing over evil
  • The scarletpimpernelfinal

    1. 1. The Scarlet Pimpernel• The Novel• Film Adaptations• Films in Context• Themes•Attitudes/Perspectives• Interest
    2. 2. 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.
    3. 3. Film Versions1934 1982
    4. 4. Films in ContextWhat is going on in the World in… 1934? 1982?How might this effect Britain?
    5. 5. Themes• Liberty vs. Tyranny• Life vs. Death• Paranoia, Conspiracy, Secrets• Varying visions of the Revolution
    6. 6. Attitudes and Perspectives• Anglo-centric• Terror-centric• Conservative
    7. 7. Why the continuing interest in the French Revolution in film?1. Despotic resistance2. Violence3. Why an interest in The Scarlet Pimpernel
    8. 8. The End