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Henry of Navarre (2010) ( Henri 4 ) ( Henri IV ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0051GHTNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Review first posted on Amazon.co.uk

I am afraid that I will have to both agree and disagree to some extent with many of the previous reviewers. I do agree that "La Reine Margot" (1994) from Patrice Chéreau was better by far than this film. However, the latter covers (or tries to cover) the whole life of Henri of Bourbon, who became King of Navarre in 1572 after the death of his mother Jeanne d'Albret, and then King of France after the assassination of Henri III, the last living son of Catherine of Medici and Henri II. The former focuses on a single episode - the massacre of the Saint Barthélemy - and what happened a few months before and a few months afterwards.

Neither film is historically accurate, but Henry of Navarre is - by far - the worst of the two. There are several reasons for this. "Le Reine Margot" is based on the historical novel of Alexandre Dumas, the French Conn Inggulden of his time, if I can make such a comparison. In other words, it is based on a piece of historical fiction where the background is generally accurate even if some elements - such as the role played by La Mole (the Hughenot hero, who really existed, by the way) - are mostly the result of the author's imagination. I have no problem whatsoever with this, since "La Reine Margot" does not pretend to be historically accurate. On the other hand, "Henry of Navarre" is portrayed as being his "incredible true story" and this is where the problems begin.

First, the scene with Nostradamus coming up with his prophecy is made up. Nostradamus, at the time, lived in Paris and worked for Queen Catherine of Medici. That he would have travelled across the whole of France to see the son of his patron's mortal ennemy (Jeanne d'Albret) is somewhat unlikely, to put it mildly.
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