FORT SAGANNE is a 1984 French war film directed by
Alain Corneau and
Gérard Depardieu ,
Philippe Noiret ,
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production
* 4 Reception
* 4.1 Box office * 4.2 Critical response * 4.3 Awards and nominations
* 5 References * 6 External links
In 1911, a willful and determined man from peasant stock named
Charles Saganne (Gérard Depardieu) enlists in the military and is
assigned to the Sahara Desert under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh
(Philippe Noiret). Saganne attracts the attentions of Madeleine
(Sophie Marceau), the daughter of the regional administrator. In the
Sahara, Saganne earns the respect of the Arabs, including Amajan, an
independent warrior. After several campaigns, Saganne travels to Paris
on a diplomatic mission. After having an affair with a journalist in
Paris, Saganne returns to Africa, where he leads a valliant defense
against Sultan Omar. He is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of
Honour, and marries Madeleine. The onset of
World War I
Gérard Depardieu as Charles Saganne
Philippe Noiret as Dubreuilh
For Saganne was filmed on location at Abbaye du Moncel, Pontpoint, Oise, France, and Morocco.
At the time of its production,
At the time of its theatrical release, the film received mixed reviews. In Variety magazine, the reviewer observed that the film "is often fine in its large-scale reconstruction of a time and place and a mentality, but falters in its attempts to inscribe well-detailed characters in its wide-screen canvas." The reviewer also found the romantic relationships depicted in the film to be underdeveloped.
Film is weakest in describing Depardieu's romantic relationships. His brief but intense affair with special guest star Catherine Deneuve, as a journalist who maneuvers him into bed provocatively, lacks fire and poignancy. And young Sophie Marceau gets insufficient screen time to make any impression as the young bourgeois girl who pines for Depardieu and later becomes his wife, then widow.
In her review in Allmovie, Eleanor Mannikka gave the film three out of fivstars, noting that the "sweep of this epic skims over the qualities that transformed Saganne from an ordinary officer to a great military leader." Mannikka concluded:
Even though the costuming, landscape, battles, and charisma of Depardieu as Saganne and Noiret as Colonel Dubreuilh are outstanding, and several subsidiary characters deliver emotionally compelling vignettes, the protagonists as an ensemble have not been scripted with much depth of character—making the three-hour epic seem a bit too long in the end.
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
* 1985 César Award Nomination for Best Actor (Gérard Depardieu) * 1985 César Award Nomination for Best Cinematography (Bruno Nuytten) * 1985 César Award Nomination for Best Costume Design (Corinne Jorry, Rosine Delamare) * 1985 César Award Nomination for Best Sound (Jean-Paul Loublier, Claude Villand, Pierre Gamet).
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* ^ A B Mannikka, Eleanor. "