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The Duellists

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Original title
The Duellists
Year
Running time
101 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (Novel: Joseph Conrad)
Music
Howard Blake
Cinematography
Frank Tidy
Cast
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Producer
Paramount / Enigma Productions. Producer: David Puttnam
Genre
Drama | Costume Drama. 19th Century. Napoleonic Wars. Swashbuckler. Fencing
Movie Groups
Joseph Conrad Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
During the era of the Napoleonic wars, a conflict arises between two of the emperor's cavalry officers when one of them, the aristocratic Lt. D'Hubert (Keith Carradine), is sent by his superior to deliver the message to commoner Lt. Ferraud (Harvey Keitel) that he's to be placed under house arrest for having wounded a man in another duel. Since Ferraud is with a woman at the time, he takes offense at the intrusion and challenges D'Hubert to a duel. Their match, though fierce, is without resolution. Whenever their paths cross, they continue their battle, fighting a series of six duels over the course of 14 years, paralleling Napoleon's major battles of the period. Scott's meditation focuses on the absurd vanity behind the old European code of honor--and the nature of warfare itself. All the distinguishing marks of Scott's later work is already on display here, from the meticulous re-creation of period costume, decor, and behavior to the lush, carefully composed photography.
Awards
1978: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design
1977: Cannes: Best Ópera Prima
1977: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Director
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