Summer 1789: Louis XVI knows that civil war is close and assembles a force of 25,000 soldiers to establish his authority. One of France’s most famous battles is about to begin.
On July 14 at 9am, the French people establish their plan of attack and head for the Bastille, a symbol of royal absolutism. At 5pm, the Bastille falls to the people, and with it, brings down the foundations of the French monarchy.
With the help of experts, 3D modeling, and reconstructions, this documentary revisits the key events of the storming of the Bastille, a turning point of the French Revolution, and invites us to rediscover the history of this legendary monument.
Through the streets of Paris with the revolutionaries, and inside the Bastille with the king’s army, we will relive, hour by hour, the armed battles and military strategies of this legendary day that sent a shockwave around the world.
Direction: Juliette Desbois
Production: ZED for RMC Découverte
Available versions: French, English