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Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution

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Directed by  Carl Hindmarch
Written by  Mark Hayhurst
Release date  July 2009 (2009-07)
Initial release  11 July 2009
Screenplay  Mark Hayhurst
Narrator  Jan Pearson
Produced by  Mark Hayhurst
Distributed by  BBC Two
Country  United Kingdom
Director  Carl Hindmarch
Producer  Mark Hayhurst
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Cast  Slavoj Žižek, Simon Schama, Ruth Scurr, Ed Stoppard, Marisa Linton
Similar  La Révolution française, The Man Who Crossed, The Reality of the Virtual, Marx Reloaded, Predictions of Fire

Terror robespierre and the french revolution

Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution is a 2009 documentary broadcast on BBC Two in July 2009.


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In 1794, French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre produced the world's first defense of "state terror" - claiming that the road to virtue lay through political violence. This film combines drama, archive and documentary interviews to examine Robespierre's year in charge of the Committee of Public Safety - the powerful state machine at the heart of Revolutionary France. Contesting Robespierre's legacy is Slavoj Žižek, who argues that terror in the cause of virtue is justifiable, and Simon Schama, who believes the road from Robespierre ran straight to the gulag and the 20th-century concentration camp. The drama, based on original sources, follows the life-and-death politics of the Committee during "Year Two" of the new Republic. It was a year which gave birth to key features of the modern age: the thought crime; the belief that calculated acts of violence can perfect humanity; the notion that the interests of "mankind" can be placed above those of "man"; the use of policemen to enforce morals; and the use of denunciation as a political tool.


  • Stephen Hogan as Maximilien Robespierre
  • Ed Stoppard as Herault de Seychelles
  • George Maguire as Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
  • Brian Pettifer as Georges Couthon
  • Jonny Phillips as Lazare Carnot
  • Martin Hancock as Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois
  • References

    Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution Wikipedia