Jefferson In Paris


(out of 5)

Low point for Merchant Ivory, this completely brainless period epic examines the years when Thomas Jefferson () was American minister to France, entertaining a romance with a married aristocrat (). Also starring a just pre-fame , the film suffers from a terrible screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala that has little purpose: is it about Jefferson’s professional success or is it an examination of his personal life? A subplot involving the speculation over his relationship with a slave played by  is also a sad misfire. Gorgeously plush like any film by this dynamic trio of filmmakers, it’s really quite a shame how much of a failure this film is.

Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie

France/USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by ,

Cannes Film Festival 1995

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