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The Horseman on the Roof

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Original title
Le hussard sur le toit
Running time
124 min.
France France
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Nina Companeez, Jean-Claude Carrière (Novel: Jean Giono)
Jean-Claude Petit
Thierry Arbogast
Hachette Première et Cie, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, Rhone-Alpes Cinema, Compagnie Européenne Cinématographique
Drama. Romance | Costume Drama. 19th Century. Swashbuckler
Synopsis / Plot
Year 1832. Cholera outbreak in southern France, while Italians try to wrest independence from Austrian control. Colonel Angelo Pardi is an Italian nobleman with a purchased rank in the cavalry, but is in France attempting to raise money for the revolution. Going through a number of close encounters as he avoids and escapes from Austrian spies, he eventually encounters the female lead, Pauline de Théus, wife of the Marquis de Théus, in her house in a city she is visiting. She has delayed her stay, awaiting her husband's return and provides Colonel Pardi shelter for the night. Evacuation of the city separates them, but a later meeting sees them banding together to accomplish their own objectives, his being at this time to return to Italy with his funds, she searching for her husband.
1995: Cesar Awards: 2 Awards. 10 Nominations, including Best Film
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