Tournament (Le Tournoi dans la Citie) was French filmmaker Jean Renoir's next-to-last silent film. Only Le Bled (1929) lay ahead before Renoir's masterful switch to talkies. The film is set during the time of Catherine de Medici and the slaughter of the Huguenots. In this bit of revisionism, however, Protestants and Catholics settle their differences on the jousting field. If the director seems a bit detached at times, it may be because Tournament was a commissioned job, rather than an exercise in personal expression.
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