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"_"
through_IN
a_DT
spyglass_NN
,_,
i_PP
could_MD
see_VB
everything_PN
._.
"_"
king_NN
louis_NP
xvi_CD
was_BEDZ
beheaded_VBN
on_IN
january_NP
1793_CD
,_,
1793_CD
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
of_IN
visualizing_VBG
this_DT
act_NN
of_IN
regicide_NN
,_,
legendary_JJ
auteur_NN
eric_NP
rohmer_NN
's_POS
the_DT
lady_NN
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
observes_VBZ
from_IN
afar_RB
._.
consider_VB
it_PP
a_DT
view_NN
to_IN
a_DT
kill_NN
made_VBN
abstract_JJ
._.
a_DT
proper_JJ
british_JJ
(_(
yes_UH
,_,
british_JJ
)_)
gentlewoman_NN
,_,
grace_NN
elliott_NP
(_(
lucy_NP
russell_NP
)_)
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
loyal_JJ
maidservant_NN
gaze_NN
from_IN
a_DT
lofty_JJ
terrace_NN
in_IN
meudon_NP
at_IN
the_DT
glistening_JJ
city_NN
of_IN
paris_NP
,_,
where_CS
raucous_JJ
crowds_NNS
seem_VB
tinier_RBR
than_CS
ants_NNS
._.
the_DT
maid_NN
narrates_NNS
what_WDT
little_DT
she_PP
sees_VBZ
of_IN
the_DT
execution_NN
through_IN
her_PP$
telescope_NN
(_(
often_RB
muttering_VBG
,_,
"_"
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
,_,
"_"
)_(
as_CS
the_DT
sound_NN
of_IN
cheering_VBG
patriots_NNS
and_CC
revolutionaries_NNS
echoes_NNS
through_IN
the_DT
air_NN
._.
what_WDT
we_PP
don't_DO
see_VB
might_NN
not_XNOT
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
hurt_VB
us_PP
._.
just_RB
close_JJ
your_PP$
eyes_NNS
and_CC
think_VB
of_IN
england_NP
._.
during_IN
times_NNS
of_IN
revolution_NN
,_,
the_DT
aristocracy_NN
may_MD
feel_VB
a_DT
false_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
calm_NN
in_IN
their_PP$
parlor_NN
halls_NNS
,_,
discussing_VBG
tumultuous_JJ
events_NNS
over_IN
glasses_NNS
of_IN
sherry_NN
until_CS
the_DT
walls_NNS
cave_NN
in_IN
on_IN
them_PP
._.
adapted_VBN
from_IN
elliott_NP
's_POS
memoirs_NNS
,_,
journal_NN
of_IN
my_PP$
life_NN
during_IN
the_DT
french_JJ
revolution_NN
,_,
rohmer_NN
's_POS
latest_JJS
artistic_JJ
tour-de-force_NN
may_MD
seem_VB
far_RB
removed_VBN
from_IN
his_PP$
domestic_JJ
comedies_NNS
(_(
tales_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
four_CD
seasons_NNS
,_,
etc_RB
._.
)_)
,_,
a_DT
period_NN
film_NN
set_NN
during_IN
the_DT
most_DT
violent_JJ
changes_NNS
in_IN
french_JJ
history_NN
._.
resisting_VBG
the_DT
temptation_NN
for_IN
grand-scale_NN
theatrics_NNS
,_,
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
lady_NN
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
is_BEZ
about_IN
quiet_JJ
,_,
decisive_JJ
moments_NNS
between_IN
members_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
cultural_JJ
elite_NN
as_IN
they_PP
determine_VB
how_WRB
to_TO
proceed_VB
as_IN
the_DT
world_NN
implodes_NNS
._.
grace_NN
elliott_NP
makes_VBZ
for_IN
an_DT
unlikely_JJ
protagonist_NN
:_:
a_DT
headstrong_JJ
,_,
snobbish_JJ
blueblood_NN
,_,
one_CD
unprepared_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
machinations_NNS
of_IN
history_NN
that_CS
sweep_NN
her_PP
along_IN
._.
a_DT
foreigner_NN
who_WP
accepts_VBZ
the_DT
french_JJ
king_NN
as_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
,_,
grace_NN
's_POS
life_NN
seems_VBZ
defined_JJ
by_IN
fancy_JJ
attire_NN
and_CC
lively_JJ
political_JJ
debate_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
former_DT
lover_NN
,_,
the_DT
king_NN
's_POS
hot-blooded_JJ
cousin_NN
,_,
prince_NN
philipe_NN
,_,
duke_NN
of_IN
orleans_NNS
(_(
jean-claude_VB
dreyfus_???
)_(
._.
the_DT
times_NNS
are_BER
changing_JJ
,_,
though_CS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
gears_NNS
inch_NN
ever_RB
closer_RBR
toward_IN
violence_NN
._.
during_IN
the_DT
september_NP
massacres_NNS
of_IN
1792_CD
,_,
she_PP
is_BEZ
encountered_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
procession_NN
of_IN
rioters_NNS
brandishing_VBG
the_DT
head_NN
of_IN
the_DT
duke_NN
's_POS
sister-in-law_NN
on_IN
a_DT
stake_NN
._.
rohmer_NN
makes_VBZ
a_DT
harsh_JJ
transition_NN
from_IN
tranquil_JJ
,_,
old_JJ
fashioned_VBD
,_,
almost_RB
stagy_JJ
parlor_NN
scenes_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
swell_NN
of_IN
an_DT
angry_JJ
mob_NN
._.
in_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
,_,
he_PP
achieves_VBZ
what_WDT
braveheart_NP
and_CC
the_DT
patriot_NN
could_MD
not_XNOT
:_:
the_DT
face_NN
of_IN
death_NN
._.
when_CS
grace_NN
sees_VBZ
her_PP$
friend_NN
's_POS
disembodied_JJ
head_NN
on_IN
a_DT
pole_NN
,_,
rohmer_NN
's_POS
attention_NN
drifts_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
societal_NN
change_NN
to_IN
one_CD
woman_NN
's_POS
reaction_NN
shot_NN
,_,
laden_VBN
with_IN
hot_JJ
tears_NNS
._.
grace_NN
finds_VBZ
herself_PPX
taking_NN
in_CD
a_DT
fugitive_NN
from_IN
justice_NN
,_,
sheltering_VBG
him_PP
from_IN
the_DT
mob_NN
._.
through_IN
her_PP$
relationship_NN
with_IN
the_DT
duke_NN
,_,
she_PP
seeks_VBZ
a_DT
passport_NN
for_IN
this_DT
one_CD
activist_NN
's_POS
escape_NN
._.
grace_NN
doesn't_DOZ
even_RB
understand_VB
her_PP$
own_DT
actions_NNS
(_(
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
reacts_NNS
in_IN
stunned_JJ
disbelief_NN
at_IN
how_WRB
she_PP
places_VBZ
herself_PPX
in_IN
such_DT
danger_NN
)_)
._.
she_PP
endures_VBZ
persecution_NN
from_IN
robespierre_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
gang_NN
of_IN
thuggish_JJ
equalizers_NNS
,_,
ceaseless_JJ
police_NNS
monitoring_VBG
,_,
house_NN
searches_NNS
,_,
even_RB
a_DT
brief_JJ
imprisonment_NN
for_IN
harmless_JJ
international_JJ
correspondence_NN
._.
maintaining_VBG
her_PP$
stiff_JJ
upper_JJ
lip_NN
and_CC
pampered_VBD
life_NN
(_(
her_PP
imperious_RB
attitude_NN
to_IN
the_DT
servants_NNS
never_RB
changes_NNS
)_)
,_,
she_PP
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
heroine_NN
through_IN
circumstance_NN
._.
the_DT
events_NNS
themselves_PPX
are_BER
intrusions_JJ
upon_IN
her_PP$
person_NN
,_,
her_PP$
home_NN
,_,
and_CC
therefore_RB
her_PP
values_VBZ
._.
aristocracy_NN
proves_VBZ
a_DT
glass_NN
house_NN
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
can_MD
barely_RB
withstand_VB
the_DT
upheaval_NN
of_IN
stones_NNS
._.
the_DT
duke_NN
is_BEZ
called_VBN
to_IN
vote_NN
on_IN
the_DT
king_NN
's_POS
punishment_NN
,_,
and_CC
despite_IN
his_PP$
hours_NNS
of_IN
deliberation_NN
with_IN
friends_NNS
and_CC
advisors_NNS
,_,
talk_VB
means_NN
nothing_PN
in_IN
the_DT
face_NN
of_IN
bloody_JJ
action_NN
(_(
or_CC
futile_JJ
inaction_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
episodic_JJ
structure_NN
creates_VBZ
a_DT
wobbly_RB
,_,
jarring_VBG
detachment_NN
from_IN
the_DT
events_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
french_JJ
revolution_NN
,_,
which_WDT
serves_VBZ
as_IN
metaphor_NN
but_CC
also_RB
disconnects_NNS
potential_JJ
audience_NN
identification_NN
._.
lazy_JJ
viewers_NNS
(_(
and_CC
critics_NNS
)_)
may_MD
also_RB
complain_VB
that_CS
knowledge_NN
of_IN
french_JJ
history_NN
is_BEZ
required_VBN
for_IN
enjoyment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lady_NN
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
foolery_NN
,_,
but_CC
brings_VBZ
up_RP
the_DT
valid_JJ
criticism_NN
that_CS
rohmer_NN
's_BEZ
characters_NNS
occasionally_RB
become_VB
didactic_JJ
._.
rohmer_NN
's_POS
imperfect_JJ
but_CC
assured_JJ
push_NN
toward_IN
the_DT
future_NN
remains_VBZ
staunch_JJ
and_CC
notable_JJ
for_IN
casting_NN
a_DT
cautious_JJ
eye_NN
upon_IN
the_DT
past_NN
while_CS
taking_VBG
bold_JJ
steps_NNS
forward_RB
into_IN
an_DT
uncertain_JJ
future_NN
._.
what_WDT
may_MD
arouse_VB
interest_NN
in_IN
the_DT
lady_NN
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
outside_IN
of_IN
foreign_JJ
film_NN
enthusiasts_NNS
with_IN
literary_JJ
and_CC
historical_JJ
passions_NNS
is_BEZ
rohmer_DT
's_CD
use_NN
of_IN
cutting_NN
edge_NN
digital_JJ
technology_NN
as_IN
a_DT
means_NN
of_IN
exploring_VBG
the_DT
theme_NN
of_IN
artifice_NN
as_IN
safety_NN
net_NN
or_CC
coping_VBG
mechanism_NN
._.
the_DT
actors_NNS
were_BED
filmed_VBN
against_IN
a_DT
bluescreen_IN
,_,
then_RB
placed_VBN
against_IN
painted_JJ
backdrops_NNS
recreating_VBG
the_DT
vastness_NN
of_IN
18th_CD
century_NN
paris_NP
._.
this_DT
recreation_NN
calls_NNS
attention_NN
to_IN
itself_PPX
in_IN
every_DT
shot_NN
,_,
a_DT
technicolor_NN
dream_NN
of_IN
fanciful_JJ
buildings_NNS
and_CC
wide-open_VB
streets_NNS
._.
it_PP
looks_VBZ
as_CS
phony_NN
as_IN
titanic_NP
,_,
but_CC
unlike_IN
james_NP
cameron_NP
's_POS
debacle_NN
,_,
the_DT
lady_NN
and_CC
the_DT
duke_NN
plays_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
notion_NN
of_IN
false_JJ
security_NN
in_IN
those_DT
walls_NNS
of_IN
stone_NN
._.
why_WRB
?_?
they_PP
aren't_BER
real_JJ
._.
the_DT
very_RB
foundation_NN
rohmer_NN
's_POS
characters_NNS
stand_VB
upon_IN
is_BEZ
false_JJ
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
their_PP$
groundlessness_NN
they_PP
must_MD
discover_VB
themselves_PPX
,_,
in_IN
all_PDT
their_PP$
insubstantial_JJ
glory_NN
._.
screened_VBN
at_IN
the_DT
2001_CD
new_JJ
york_NP
film_NN
festival_NN
(_(
feature_NN
coming_NN
soon_RB
)_)
._.
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