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Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Marton Csokas, Alex Fitzalan, Minnie Driver
Period bio-drama directed by Stephen Williams. Inspired by a true story, Chevalier (2023) centers on composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, who rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist, composer, and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
La Bossiere: Welcome to Paris, Joseph.
La Bossiere: Monsieur, I fear this will not be a kind place to such a boy.
George Bologne: The boy has talents, but one in particular that is exceptional.
La Bossiere: Very well.
Joseph Bologne: I realized the more I excelled, the less I was alone.
Marie-Josephine: Are you always so competitive?
Man: [to Joseph] The showoff, who spoiled Mozart’s concert.
Joseph Bologne: May I play with you, monsieur?
Composer: Well, I hope this won’t be embarrassing for you.
Composer: [referring to Joseph] Who the hell is that?
Marie Antoinette: You are quite a remarkable man, Joseph.
Marie Antoinette: I, Marie Antionette, Queen of France, hereby anoint you, Chevalier.
Montalembert: [to Joseph] In any other country, a man of your color would not be wearing such fine clothes.
Joseph Bologne: One day, the whole world will know me. And of course the music will be spectacular. Bold.
La Guimard: [to Joseph] You don’t belong here. You’re a party trick. You’re a pet, playing the violin. That is all.
Joseph Bologne: You know I am the best.
Philippe: [to Joseph] You are playing a dangerous game, friend.
Philippe: France is changing. You could be more influential than you know. Leverage it.
Montalembert: [to Joseph] You forget your place, boy.
Montalembert: [referring to Joseph] Break his hands.
Nanon: [to Joseph] This world is painful for us, my son. But there is always the choice to fight.
Joseph Bologne: I’m putting on a concert. Let us fund the revolution.
Marie Antoinette: [to Joseph] You cannot afford to make any more enemies.
Marie Antoinette: [to Joseph] If you take to the stage, you will be erased. There will be no new France. You cannot topple what has been ordained by God.
Joseph Bologne: Not everything is about you people.