Fort Saganne (1984)
A film directed by Alain Corneau

Genre: Drama / War

Film Review

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At the time, Fort Saganne was the most expensive film to have been made in France. A three hour long epic, with an star-studded cast - headed by living icons Gerard Dépardieu and Catherine Deneuve - this ought to be a monumental film, yet it falls far short of being an unqualified success, in many areas.

Visually, the film is quite stunning, particularly the spectacular desert scenes, which manage to convey the barren desolation of the location. Likewise, the action scenes are well choreographed and the money looks as if it has been well spent.

Yet, despite all these impressive production values, the film feels empty and, sometimes, plodding. Neither Dépardieu and Deneuve seem to live up to their reputation, and much of the film looks overly stage-managed and theatrical. The middle segment involving Sophie Marceau adds very little to the film and should probably have been cut, reducing the film to a more acceptable length.

There are as many good things as bad in this film, and watching it is a frustrating experience because it could, and should, have been a much better film.
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Film Credits

Directed by Alain Corneau
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau, Michel Duchaussoy, Roger Dumas, Jean-Louis Richard, Jean-Laurent Cochet, Pierre Tornade, Saïd Amadis
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