23 thoughts on “SNARK WEEK: La Révolution (2020)

  1. Methinks the producers did a lot of drugs. I am running, not walking, to the nearest exit.

  2. ~Amadeus Amadeus, Come and rock me Amadeus~!
    No but seriously WTF is going on costume-wise?

    As for the name Rebecca, in Europe it really only caught on with Protestants post-Reformation as a rejection of Catholic-sounding saints names (Hebrew Bible and Greek/Roman names became pretty popular). Of course, this is France, so probably the only characters named any variation on Rebekah/Rebecca would be Jewish. Which Paris did have a population of (mostly German and Portuguese coming back generations after the mid-late Medieval expulsions)… I’m willing to bet that given the stunning amount of research they clearly put in with the name Katell (several baby name sites assure me that that’s a Breton diminutive for Katherine, I have no idea if that’s true, but if she were French she’d probably have a diminutive from Catherine such as Carine, Catant or Trinette) that maybe they don’t care.

    This reminds me of when I had to work the stage revival of Paint Your Wagon and they had a 1840’s woman named Kayla.

    1. Hey Addie, I can confirm that Katell is an actual Breton name! No idea if it was in use in the 18th century though :)

  3. OMG….I first learned of La Revolution on this blog a few months ago. It seemed craptastic then and even more craptastic now. I have to watch this. Re: Why no costumes fit–I’m guessing they rented everything and didn’t bother fitting anyone.

  4. Looks like they just rented stock, and didnt bother to actually fit the stock pieces to the actors. The giveaway is when you see good pieces on minor characters and the real craptastic pieces are the ones on the main characters that the costumer “designed” especially, and you think wow, should have just fit another good stock piece there… Lol.

  5. Women frequently did wear trousers for riding and hunting, usually under petticoats and skirts. Marie Antoinette wore trousers for riding- and there’s a really lovely equestrianne painting of her as a young woman, astride a horse, wearing trousers.

  6. I too predicted it would not be my thing, and I see I was right. I don’t get not fitting properly. Like, these are so poorly fitting that it should’ve been obvious to anyone. But also what the frock on so many design choices? The Vikings peasant had me laughing though.

  7. How do they manage to make the clothes so clunky?Or so clunky clothes?Is this a new fashion trend of deliberately ugly fashion popular only among the cinematic costuming circles?

  8. Gold lace was certainly a thing in the nineteenth century. It would be worn on the most expensive of court or reception dresses.

    1. “Gold lace has a charm for the fair
      And I’ve plenty of that, and to spare.”

      W. S. Gilbert, Patience

  9. I wonder if those half skirts are an attempt to copy the draping of a polonaise gown. The Viking chick made me laugh, those greasy looking braids really stand out and not in a good way.

  10. Oh man, I feel like there are so many cool costuming opportunities they could’ve taken! Instead of making the revolutionaries steampunk-phantom of the opera-vikings they could’ve given them a whole bunch of red/white/blue outfits. for starters! I guess that that’s less cool and grungy but this type of ‘cool and grungy’ doesn’t work for the 18th century. I’d love to see more costume designers who want to do something different take inspiration from actual fashions back in the day and build on that instead of apparently starting out with what they think is cool and doing the bare minimum to put it in a historical context…

  11. Clearly this mysterious disease destroys all fashion sense as well as turning the blood blue.

  12. Imagine if they used all that money to make a compelling, somewhat accurate drama about the Revolution without zombies! I would go for that. However I did find some parts clever, like the tricolor flag at the end, and Donatien was so over the top campy I secretly loved it.

      1. Well Gaia Weiss briefly played the love interest of adult!Bjorn on Vikings, where her character was a trainee-shield maiden so apparently the director/costumer designer saw a shot of her on that show and thought “perfect, we’ll change nothing!”

  13. It’s been panned by critics here in France and they have just announced that they cancelled season 2. I tried to fast forward the last episode (which is supposed to be partially set at Versailles) in order to find some nice costume only to discover good old Louis XVI as Evil King of the Zombies with clawed hands….

  14. your forgot the mid 19th century outfit of Joseph Guillotin (and his beard^^)
    In fact there were some pretty costumes in that show, but the ugly ones are so ugly than you can’t remember the good ones
    I know someone who work in costume department for this show : she said that it was 50% rent costumes and 50% original creations…. (and even have an argument with one of the major actor about the costumes^^)

  15. I started watching and HATED this show. There is nothing historical about it- nothing. I watch and read historical fiction to learn. Even the crappiest shows usually allow me, even briefly, to see the world they portray in a new way. Even worse: this show is incredibly boring. I couldn’t get through more than about two episodes. I have issues with it, but “Britannia” is historical fantasy done (mostly) right. La Revolution is utter tripe and a real disappointment because before watching I thought the concept sounded interested.

    I love Snark Week. I don’t have much money but I’m happy to donate to you three because Frockflicks is my happy place.

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