The Return of Martin Guerre

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The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) is a 1982 French film directed by Daniel Vigne and based on true events in France during the 16th century. The film depicts a case of identity theft after a war: a man shows up in his village several years after his departure, soon eliciting suspicions from his former friends on his identity.

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  • "No. Frankly, Stoney, I much prefer making movies for a couple of cheap bastards who want to cut corners in every scene, because it's more fun. My guess is that Mike's instinct will be to weight the whole project down with authenticity, so that, for example, every costume will be perfect from the underwear out. So the actresses will all wear some kind of corsets. But twenty-first-century actresses aren't used to corsets, so they'll be distracted by the discomfort of wearing corsets, and they'll look awkward in corsets. So, as a result of that, Mike and I will get into a lengthy discussion of whether the actresses should be made to wear corsets, and the solution will be to try it out, which won't in the end demonstrate anything conclusive. There's thousands of dollars in costume financing wasted and at least a week of filming before we get to the issue of, say, dirt. Is the encampment going to look dirty and authentic, like the sets in The Return of Martin Guerre, or is it going to look clean, like the sets in A Man for All Seasons? Mike has lots of money, so he's going to think that if we just get all of the details right, then a movie will eventuate, but in fact what will eventuate will be a kind of slow-moving parade of everything we've bought. I like staying here, in other words, but I would never live here."

    Jane SmileyTen Days in the Hills

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