Summer 1789: Taxes continue to rise and the price of bread has never been so high - the French are furious. 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 14 July at 9am, the French people establish their plan of attack and head for the Bastille, a symbol of royal absolutism. Carnage is a real possibility and during this day, with its myriad twists and turns, the nobility and the people fight mercilessly to defend their interests. Calls for ceasefire are followed by bloody ripostes, and promises by heavy betrayals... At 5pm, after a day of fighting, 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. We will run through the streets of Paris with the revolutionnaries, and inside the Bastille will rub shoulders 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
Delivery: Summer 2020
Available versions: French, English