PG | | Drama, War
According to the director's commentary, Albert Finney's payment for playing the Duke of Otrante was a case of champagne. His girlfriend at the time, Diana Quick, was in the movie, and suggested him for the role.
The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
During their second duel (in a cellar) one of their sabers scrapes against the stone wall and makes sparks. In the DVD commentary the director explains that this was done by taping an electrified wire mesh to the wall. The mesh is visible if you look closely.
Opening credits prologue: STRASBOURG 1800
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