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Fort Saganne (1984)

French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Corneau

Writers:

Alain Corneau (adaptation), Alain Corneau (dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Charles Saganne
Philippe Noiret ... Dubreuilh
Catherine Deneuve ... Louise
Sophie Marceau ... Madeleine of Saint-Ilette
Michel Duchaussoy ... Baculard
Roger Dumas ... Vulpi
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Flammarin
Jean-Laurent Cochet Jean-Laurent Cochet ... Bertozza
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... Charles' Father
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Amajar
René Clermont René Clermont ... Monsieur de Saint-Ilette
Philippe Deplanche Philippe Deplanche
Hippolyte Girardot ... Courette
Sophie Grimaldi Sophie Grimaldi ... Lady of Saint-Ilette
Florent Pagny Florent Pagny ... Lucien
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Storyline

French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh. He catches the eye of Madeline, the daughter of the regional administrator. In the desert, Saganne is a leader, with the respect of Arabs, including Amajan, an independent warrior. After resourceful campaigns, Saganne goes on a diplomatic mission to Paris, where he has an affair with a journalist. Back in Africa, he leads a gallant defense against Sultan Omar, is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, and marries Madeline. Then the Great War puts at risk his success and happiness. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Saganne erőd See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In the Great War segment the French soldiers are wearing the Model 1926 (one-piece) Adrian helmet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Joyeuses Pâques (1984) See more »

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too long, too careful
27 September 1999 | by ali-17See all my reviews

The problem with this film is that nothing is left for the viewer to assume, deduce, or imagine. Everything which one might need to know in order to understand the full narrative is shown, in detail - and the audience doesn't need that: as a result the film lasts .... what? two and a half hours? .... at least half an hour of which is certainly dead matter. There are some very impressive incidents, but the impact is muffled. I can't help feeling too, that, given that Corneau seems to want to make the most of his setting and given what that setting is, even the photography represents a wasted opportunity. It's dramatic, but it could have stood you still. Imagination needed!


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