Wednesday, June 19, 2019

July 17, 1794

Above is the final scene from the 1984 French film Dialogues des Carmélites, based upon the play of the same name by Georges Bernanos, with an opera by Poulenc. The original novel, by Gertrud von le Fort, is a retelling of the story of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne. The nuns offered their lives for France which was in the throes of a genocidal revolution; ten days after their deaths on July 17, 1794 the Reign of Terror came to an end. They were arrested as counter-revolutionaries, the evidence of which was a Sacred Heart Badge and a portrait of King Louis XVI. The nuns saw the Royal Family as patrons of the Carmelite Order. Among other favors,  Marie-Antoinette had provided a dowry for the  Prioress Mère Thérèse de Saint-Augustin.

Below is the final scene (dubbed in Spanish) from the 1960 film Dialogues des Carmélitesstarring Jeanne Moreau  and Alida Valli.


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