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VCE History Units 3 & 4: Revolutions: Videos - French Revolution

A resource guide to support VCE History Units 3 and 4: Revolutions

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Artwork - Liberty leading the people

Delacroix, Eugene, 1830. Liberty leading the people (July 28, 1830). Painting, Louvre, Paris. 

What caused the French Revolution? - TED Ed talk

Mullaney, T 2016. What caused the French Revolution?, online video, 28 October 2016. Duration: 6 mins. 

French Revolution in Nine Minutes

Ruddy, J 2015. French Revolution in 9 minutes, online video, 12 January 2015. 

 

Civil Constitution of the Clergy

Richey, T 2014. Civil Constitution of the Clergy, online video, 4 April 2014. Duration: 11 mins. 

This video is part of a series on the French Revolution and Napolean, including 5 videos on women and the French Revolution. Link to the full playlist here.

Movies of the French Revolution

Danton, 1983. ClickView video, 17 March 2011. Duration: 140 mins. French language with English subtitles. Based on the novel by Stanislawa Przybyzewska.

Movie begins in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror.

Marie Antoinette, 2006. ClickView video, 20 September 2008. Duration: 120 min.

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Ridicule, 1997. ClickView video, 22 May 2001. Duration: 100 mins. French language with English subtitles.

Looks at life at Versailles, the flamboyant court of Louis XVI, in France in 1780. Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavay is trying to secure an audience with the King to explain the plight of peasants in his province.

La Révolution française: les Années lumière [The French Revolution: Years of Light], 1989. Online video, 7 March 2019. Duration: 165 mins.

Part One. French language with English subtitles.

 

La Révolution française: les Années terribles [The French Revolution: Years of Terror], 1989. Online video, 22 February 2017. Duration: 150 mins. 

Part Two. French language with English subtitles.

The French Revolution

The French Revolution, 2017. ClickView video, 20 February 2020. Duration: 16 mins. 

Summary of the events leading up to, and the consequences of, the French Revolution.

The French Revolution - History Channel

History Channel, 2005. The French Revolution, ClickView video, 13 July 2011. Duration: 90 mins. 

With dramatic re enactments, illustrations, and paintings from the era, plus revealing accounts from journals and expert commentary from historians, The French Revolution vividly unfurls in a maelstrom of violence, discontent, and fundamental change.

The Old Regime

Richey, T 2013. The French Revolution (Part 1: The Old Regime), online video, 17 December 2013. Duration: 9 mins. 

This video is part of a series on the French Revolution and Napolean, including 5 videos on women and the French Revolution. Link to the full playlist here.

The Rise and Fall of Versailles

This three-part drama-documentary brings the 150-year reign of France’s three most famous monarchs - Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI - to life

Louis XIV, The Dream of a King, 2009. ClickView video, 5 July 2013. Duration: 60 mins. 

Louis XV, The Palace of Pleasure, 2009. ClickView video, 12 July 2013. Duration: 60 mins. 

Louis XVI, Countdown to Revolution, 2009. ClickView video, 19 July 2013. Duration: 60 mins. 

Reign of Terror

BBC, 2009. Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution, online video, 7 October 2015. Duration: 90 mins. 

Drama-documentary. 

Richey, T 2017. The Reign of Terror Parts 1 and 2, online videos. Duration: approx 15 mins each. 

These two videos are part of a series on the French Revolution and Napolean, including 5 videos on women and the French Revolution. Link to the full playlist here.

Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror. Part 1, 2019. Online video, 11 January 2019. Duration: 8 mins.

This is the first in a series of videos on Maximilien Robespierre and the Reign of Terror (all available on YouTube). 

Peter McPhee Lecture Series on The French Revolution

French Revolution - Khan Academy videos

Khan, S 2010. French Revolution. Part 1,  online video 25 March 2010. Duration: 17 mins.

From the Convocation of the Estates General to the storming of the Bastille.

Khan, S 2010. French Revolution. Part 2,  online video 25 March 2010. Duration: 17 mins.

Royals try to escape. Champ De Mars Massacre. Declaration of Pillnitz. Movement towards becoming a Republic.

Khan, S 2010. French Revolution. Part 3,  online video 26 March 2010. Duration: 23 mins.

The Reign of Terror. 

Khan, S 2010. French Revolution. Part 4,  online video 26 March 2010. Duration: 17 mins.

The rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. 

Crash Course European History: The French Revolution

Crash Course 2019. The French Revolution: Crash Course European History #21, online video, 8 October 2019. Duration: 16 mins. 

Mark Steel on The French Revolution

Steel, M 2016. Mark Steel's Revolution: The French Revolution, online video, 3 November 2016. Duration: 28 mins. 

Mark Steel is a British comedian and writer - be entertained with his talk on The French Revolution. A three part comedy lecture called Vive la Revolution can also be watched on YouTube.