René Allio

  • René Allio – Les camisards AKA The French Calvinists (1972)

    Les Camisards brings events to the screen from the period in French history in which King Louis XIV ordered all Protestants to convert to Catholicism. The film begins just after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1598-1685), a proclamation that had granted official toleration to Protestants. Rather than being a sweeping epic, this film examines the fight of a small group of Protestants for survival in the mountainous Cevennes region. Some of the story is told using excerpts from the diary kept by an actual participant in the conflict.Read More »

  • René Allio – Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma soeur et mon frère… aka I, Pierre Riviere (1976)

    This film is mesmerising, not least because the director, René Allio, chose to use a cast entirely made up of real villagers from the area where the events took place. They serve him well, because the film has an authenticity and naturalness which would have been impossible to capture with trained actors. Based on the book by the French philosopher, Michel Foucault, the film charts the gruesome events that took place in a village in Normandy in 1835.Read More »

  • René Allio – L’heure exquise (1981)

    Documentary about Marseille in the 20s, filtered through the director’s childhood memories.Read More »

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