February Film: Under the Red Robe (1937)


Under the Red Robe

81 minutes | 8 November 1937 | United Kingdom/United States

‘The massacre of Saint Bartholemew in 1572 had swilled the gutters of Paris with Huguenot blood. 50 years later, diehards in the South were still a thorn in the side of Cardinal Richelieu. It was a period of plot and counter-plot, of reckless gallantry and ruthless oppression…the time of D’Artagnan, of Cyrano de Bergerac, of Gil de Berault, the ‘Black Death’.’

Director: Victor Sjöström
Producer: Robert Kane
Writers: Lajos Bíró (screenplay), Philip Lindsay (screenplay), J. L. Hodson (screenplay), Edward E. Rose (play), Arthur Wimperis (scenario)
Based On: The novel Under the Red Rose by Stanley J. Weyman
Starring: Annabella as Lady Marguerite of Fiox, Conrad Veidt as Gil de Berault, Raymond Massey as Cardinal Richelieu, Roman Brent as Marius
Music: Arthur Benjamin
Cinematography: James Wong Howe, Georges Périnal
Editor: James B. Clark
Production Company: New World Pictures
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Downloads (via Internet Archive): 512KB MPEG4, DivX, OGGTorrent

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The Internet Archive, at archive.org, is a prominent source for moving pictures in the public domain or under a Creative Commons licence. This means that they are free to stream, and in many cases to download and utilise creatively. The Internet Archive holds a collection of more than 3,000 feature films, many but not all from the silent era, and from across world cinema.

Each month I will select an available film, typically courtesy of the Internet Archive, and present it here to watch and with links to download wherever possible. The following day I will publish an analysis of the film, based on my own viewing, alongside commentary from pertinent critics. Read Under the Red Robe analysis at Culturedarm.