Enlightenment And Symbolism In Ridicule

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One of the films that attempts to portray the gap between the law courts and France, as a country, is Ridicule. In essence, this movie symbolizes the deeply religious and ideological split in England during the Revolution in the 1640s. Likewise, the same rift between the provincial France and the Court of Versailles was also observed in France. During the Enlightenment period, this split between the cruel life of the court and the tedious grueling life in the provinces was intensified. To demonstrate this amplification, Patrice Leconte plays with this rift in the glittery film, Ridicule, which received great praise when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.
In Ridicule, Enlightenment is visible in the environment in which the film was shot. According to Adams, any French history scholar will acknowledge the embeddedness of the movie in the milieu of the late Enlightenment in its several manifestations (73). The first example of Enlightenment in the film can be witnessed in the emphasis the court puts on superficial wit, appreciation of the bon mot, and the increasing skepticism concerning both the government and the religion. Vis-à-vis this example, Adams argued that the Enlightenment of the court
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In France, the freedom of religion and thought are preserved because of the secular characteristic of the country. Additionally, the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen upholds this freedom. Notably, the declaration was made at a time when France was undergoing the creation of the first Republic as well as revolution. According to Spielmann, the country is based on the principle of laicite which is the freedom of religion that was enforced by the Jules Ferry’s laws as well as the separation of the State and the Church in 1905. Consequently, it is arguable that the freedom of thought and religion can be linked to the era of Enlightenment and the French

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