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  • Actors: Not provided
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EQN62Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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HISTORY introduces INSTANT EXPERT, an exciting new line of titles offering on-the-spot knowledge to students and lifelong learners on a wide variety of topics.

A dethroned king, a flamboyant queen, the storming of a fortress prison and an infamous bloodbath known as the Reign of Terror the story of the French Revolution is an epic tale of political rebellion and economic upheaval. From the grandeur of Versailles and the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, to the disintegration of the revolution nearly a decade later, The French Revolution details this pivotal period in European history, focusing on how the revolution shook the very foundations of monarchy, destroyed the last vestiges of feudalism, and planted the seeds of modern politics, diplomacy, and nationalism. Travel back to the days of the guillotine as HISTORY delves into the dark undercurrent of instability ushered in by the revolution and some of its most influential figures, including Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre, Jean-Paul Marat, Georges Danton, and Charlotte Corday.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Janet Saccardi on May 24, 2011
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"A QUICK GUIDE TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION" is just that, it is a broad, expansive study and overview of one of the most pivotal events in the history of the West, the French Revolution. "A QUICK GUIDE TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION" runs 90 minutes. It is a DVD production of A & E Television, released in 2010. It is a re-release of an original 2004 A & E Television broadcast and release called, "The French Revolution". "A QUICK GUIDE TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION" begins in 1770, with the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, an Austrian Archduchess. From there it will evaluate all the events up through the execution of Maximilian Robespierre in 1794. There are ten chapters comprising the DVD. Chapter one is the introduction. Chapters two and three are called "Kingdon In Crisis" and "New Age Dawning". "New Age Dawning" covers the dawning of The Age of Enlightenment, and the financial aspects of the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. These chapters cover the Seven Years War that Louis XV waged with England during the 1760's, over territory in North America. Chapter two then moves on to Lous XVI, who had become King of France in 1774. Louis XVI will give France's financial backing to the Americans in the American Revolution. This French help with the financing of the American Revolution, will help the Americans gain independence from Britain, but it will bankrupt France, and leave France in financial collapse and ruin. This severe economic crisis will coincide with a 1788 agricultural harvest failure, which will result in extreme food shortages and great poverty throughout France. By the end of 1788 going into 1789, riots will break out across France. These riots will be the beginning of the French Revolution. Chapters four through ten will chronicle all the stages of the French Revolution.Read more ›
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Weber on February 21, 2011
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I am a world history teacher and I love this video. I had watched the history channels original production documentary found here The French Revolution (History Channel) on amazon. Its more expensive for the same movie. You may miss some special features..not that impressive though. I would go with this one. Its cheaper for the EXACT SAME VIDEO!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marq fan on September 11, 2012
This is a great DVD! I used it in my Western Civilization class and they loved it. It really helps explain the important parts of the Revolution. And perhaps most importantly, I found that my students were actually entertained - they were paying attention and loving this DVD (rather than struggling to stay awake which does happen with some documentaries). Highly recommend this DVD!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Di on September 9, 2012
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We watched this as a family, with a 10yo and 13yo who know a reasonable amount about about the French Revolution. We weren't surprised to find sex and blood, but it was rather overdone. We had to fast forward past a few spots, which we expected, but overall, none of us were engaged and we didn't learn anything new that we can remember. In fact, all four of us felt a little dirty at the end, mostly because we all thought we'd wasted our time.

The pacing was slow, the shots were repeated over and over, and what "acting" there was seemed self-conscious. For example, the blood dripping from the basket under the guillotine was maybe moderately effective the first couple of times, but then became just annoying. It grossed out my kids, and didn't add to the meaning or feeling of horror because of its overuse.

I know that any French Revolution video worth its salt must contain ickiness to be real, but this one tried too hard and failed miserably at our house.
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By Kelly on October 25, 2014
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I'm using this in my classroom to introduce the French Revolution. It is the same as the other history channel one but this one has closed captioning! I already had the other and was so bummed when I found out the other didn't have CC since I have a DHH student. But now my worries are gone.

It is beautifully in depth look and talks about all the key players.I like that it also mentions the other happenings around France during this time, even if the focus is a lot on Paris. (Paris was the hub of it, after all)
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