51Z7YP14PXL._SS500_Bastille Day!!!

Time to storm the barricades.

Or rent these movies:


Donald Sutherland and Gene Wilder star as twins literally separated at birth. One pair goes on to become bloodthirsty aristocrats especially skilled at fencing. The other becomes hapless peasants caught up in the French Revolution. The humor is very late ‘60s-silly, but much of it is still riotous today – especially Hugh Griffith as a senile Louis XVI. And yes, that’s Orson Welles, the BIG man himself, as the pompous narrator.


Classic Golden Age Hollywood with David O. Selznick tackling Charles Dickens before moving on to Margaret Mitchell. Selznick was the producer, not the director, but as was his wont, he ran the show as much as he could. A clean-shaven Ronald Colman stars as the “’tis a far, far better thing” hero, but Blanche Yurka steals the movie as the guillotine-loving Madame Defarge.


A surprisingly effective B-movie often known by its more provocative title, “Reign of Terror.” Robert Cummings (“Love That Bob!”) is our Everyman hero and Richard Basehart chews every inch of scenery he can as a florid Robespierre. The director is Anthony Mann who, in the ‘50s, became famous for his Western movies starring Jimmy Stewart. According to one trivia expert, the film was shot on sets left over from Ingrid Bergman’s A-list  “Joan of Arc.”

Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater, long-time movie critic for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, also has been a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Headline News and WXIA, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, and a columnist for TV Guide.