That Night in Varennes

That Night in Varennes (Italian: Il mondo nuovo; French: La Nuit de Varennes) is a 1982 Italian and French drama film directed by Ettore Scola.[1] It is based on a novel by Catherine Rihoit. It tells the story of a fictional meeting among Restif de la Bretonne, Giacomo Casanova, Thomas Paine and Sophie de la Borde (a lady in waiting to the queen). They are all traveling together in a coach that is a few hours behind the one that is carrying King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in their flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.

That Night in Varennes
French poster for film
Directed byEttore Scola
Produced byRenzo Rossellini
Written bySergio Amidei
Ettore Scola
Based onLa Nuit de Varennes ou l'Impossible n'est pas français
by Catherine Rihoit
StarringJean-Louis Barrault
Marcello Mastroianni
Hanna Schygulla
Harvey Keitel
Music byArmando Trovajoli
CinematographyArmando Nannuzzi
Edited byRaimondo Crociani
Distributed byTriumph Releasing Corporation (USA)
Release date
  • 15 May 1982 (1982-05-15)
LanguageFrench, Italian

The film was entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[3]

Selected cast


  1. "NY Times: That Night in Varennes". NY Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: That Night in Varennes". Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  3. "1983 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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