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
For Saganne was filmed on location at Abbaye du Moncel, Pontpoint,
Oise, France, and Morocco.
At the time of its production,
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
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 "Awards for Fort Saganne". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9
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^ a b "Fort Saganne". Variety. 1984. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
^ a b Mannikka, Eleanor. "
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