January 19, 1995
SOME OF HIS SCENES IN QUEEN MARGOT WERE CUT - AND HE'S GLAD
It's not often that you hear an actor praise a filmmaker for
cutting some of his biggest scenes, but that's exactly what Vincent Perez, the 30-year-old
French star, is doing. In Queen Margot - the fabulously big, bloody historical
epic adapted from the Alexandre Dumas novel about tumult and betrayal among 16th-century
French royals - - Perez plays a Protestant noble who sacrifices himself for Isabelle
Adjani. Or, more accurately, he sacrifices himself for Adjani's character, Marguerite of
Valois, also known as Margot, daughter of the Catholic and conspiratorial Queen Mother,
Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi), and sister to the wacked-out Charles IX (Killing Zoe's
"There were 190 cuts in the final version. And also he added a scene
between Isabella and I. The last scene, when they're sharing the red blanket, outside -
the love scene."
"I did three months of fencing before the shooting to prepare for a
big fight scene, and then the fight was cut! Three months, two hours every day and the
fight is cut! I do a little swordplay in the movie, but the one you see in the movie took
only a week to prepare. . . . But in the end I really don't care because the fencing
helped me to prepare myself for the part."
''Michelangelo is just amazing. He is 82. He had a stroke eight years ago. He's half-paralyzed and he's just able to say 20 words, but his head is completely there. Wenders was like his student, listening attentively and working in the shadow of Antonioni, and happily so. It was so beautiful to see."