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Scarlet and Black


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Stendhal's classic novel, ambitiously subtitled "a Chronicle of the 19th Century", has been dramatised In three parts by Stephen Lowe.
Stendhal served In the Ministry of War during Napoleon's campaigns, turning to full-time writing after the Emperor's fall. This, his second novel, was published In 1830.
Its contemporary public read the book against the background of the Ideological struggle between the Liberals, holding republican views, and the Ultra-Royalists supporting Charles X.
After his death, Napoleon Bonaparte, the humble soldier who rose through the ranks to become Emperor, remains the inspiration for Julien Sorel, son of a provincial carpenter. The ruthless Sorel is determined to rise In society, but feels that the road to power no longer lies in the army (the "scarlet") but in the church (the "black").
On location with this big new costume drama


Author: Stendahl
Dramatised by: Stephen LoweProducer: Rosalind Wolfes
Director: Ben Bolt
Julien Sorel: Ewan McGregor
Madame de Rênal: Alice Krige
Monsieur de Renal: Martin Jarvis
Chélan: Joseph O'Conor
Napoleon: Christopher Fulford
Valenod: Michael Attwell
Abbé de Frilair: Clive Arrindell
Abbé Castanède: Malcolm Sinclair
Bishop of Agde: Adrian Ross-Magenty
Elisa: Lisa Coleman
Francois: Joe Duttine
Madame Derville: Sarah Berger
Sorel: Andrew MacLachlan
Madame Valenod: Julia Blalock
Monsieur de Moirod: Peter Benson
Monsieur Saint-Girard: David Belcher
Falcoz: Iain Mitchell
Marquis de la Mole: T.P. McKenna

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