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Mark Steel - Vive La Revolution [2007] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Mark Steel
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pias UK
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXN97G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For most of us, the French Revolution has been reduced to jokes about Marie-Antoinette, guillotines and the Scarlet Pimpernel. But for Mark Steel, the French Revolution was one of the most inspirational moments in human history - a moment when ordinary people changed the world and became extraordinary. It deserves better jokes than that. In this revolutionary new DVD, Steel banishes stuffiness from history, telling us what happened in France between the storming of the Bastille and the rise of Napoleon, bringing to life the people who made them happen. Mark Steel has been doing stand up comedy since he was a boy, and is a noted author and columnist. When he is not touring, he is broadcasting TV and Radio shows to the nation, always employing his unique humour and intelligent dissection of human society. VIVE LA REVOLUTION is an uproariously serious work of history - brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts the peculiarity of individual people back at the centre of the story. ''Steel is bolshy, beligerent and bloody hilarious.'' Francis Wheen

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Steel mixes jokes and facts brilliantly --The Times

If the revolution was to be led by Mark Steel, it might not be such a terrible idea. The trouble is that his sense of humour is so good he'd be shot in the first week. --John O'Farrell

Smart, comic non-fiction is clearly the future --The Observer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2009
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Despite a cover that even a mother would hate, Vive la Revolution is an interesting but not always entirely successful mixture of standup history and comedy lecture, with Steel acting as a one-man guide through the triumphs and absurdities of the glorious French Revolution in an attempt to take the posh and pompous and important out of history (with particular reference to Simon Sharma, who obviously isn't on his Christmas card list) and put the emphasis back on what it meant to people at the time rather than reducing it to dates and statistics. Myths are debunked - the revolution was originally instigated by nobles objecting to being taxed who urged the peasants to revolt on their behalf, while the storming of the Bastille only resulted in seven prisoners being liberated - and he's excellent on the way the idea of the Rights of Man took hold and caused massive changes for ordinary people, not just in France but around the world. But he also tends to get sidetracked and his delivery is occasionally awkward, as if he's only just finished writing it on the bus on the way to the theatre. Worst of all, he rushes and fumbles the ultimate failure of the Revolution and the descent into the Terror (though does point out that it was a fearful public's response to foreign armies trying to crush them rather than simple bloodlust or revenge).

While it always runs the risk of coming across as the college smartarse lampooning his history lectures, it's biggest flaw is that neither side of the equation gets to flourish as well as they should: at times the history gets in the way of the comedy while at others the need to insert a few more laughs means the history isn't as detailed as it could be - and usually just when it's starting to get interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Anders on 15 Jan. 2009
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Mark Steel has made something of a name for himself through stand-up but primarily through his half-hour comedic non-fiction programs on the radio. In 'The Mark Steel Lectures', 'The Mark Steel Revolution' etc. he examines historical events or figures and their significance to the modern world. What makes these programs stand out is his clear love for the stranger and often extremely funny sides to history.
In 'Vive La Revolution' Steel is given significantly more than half an hour in which to take on one of his favourite subjects - The French Revolution. To a certain extent the show feels a little thinly stretched in places, and much of it feels very familiar to anyone who's heard his previous half-hour take on the same subject, with this DVD feeling more like an alternate take on that lecture rather than it's own self-contained work.
Having said that this is by no means a bad show and if you haven't heard Steel's previouse take on the French Revolution you're in for a real treat here as he has a rare talent for combining the tragic, comedic and bizzarre elements of history with modern obervational comedy and making it all flow as a single show remarably well.
It's an interesting show and a highly entertaining one, but it's likely to feel a little disapointing to established fans. Hopefully we'll see more of these longer lectures in future though, either on subjects he has already covered or on new topics altogether, since no-one does what Mark Steel does nearly as well and he deserves greater exposure than he's had up until now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2009
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If The Pub Landlord can riff off a Lancaster bomber taking out the Thames Barrier and flooding Peckham then Mark Steel can do The French Revolution, and he does with tremendous brio. Like all good stand-up the show goes off at tangents, but they usually return to the topic. Steel's chippy working-class foul-mouthed multi-dialect Everyman disguises some very amusing and clever remarks on history then and society now. The concept of trying to understand history by understanding the people of that period (rather than treating them as quaint but stupid) has become popular of late and Steel feeds off it well. As to the historical content at times it seems weak, but it is surprising what one gets to accompany reading Schama or Hibbert - this is slow-release history. Much as children found Horrible Histories made the past intriguing, so their parents will find La Revolution Francaise. I am off to rent DANTON.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2009
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An irreverent look at history, narrated through stand up comedy, interspersed with general observations on every day life, politics and so on. Mark Steel skillfully weaves his blend of comedy and insightful knowledge to give a hilarious account of the French Revolution.

Comes with a second disc containing feature extras.

The picture quality is poor though, so I had to take one star away, hence 4 instead of 5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2009
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I see that some people have been very enthusiastic about this DVD, which shows that in matters of comedy, tastes vary widely. I have to admit that I find it hard to be excited about this performance.

I was very curious about how the French Revolution would work as a vehicle for a (nearly 2 hour) stand-up routine, and I must admit that the first 12 minutes didn't exactly inspire confidence.

Admittedly, stand-up comics sometimes take a while to warm up.
In this instance we got a long intro, mainly 'having a go' at North Londoners (maybe fair enough! I live in Ireland, so I wouldn't know!) It also became clear that this would be one of those stand-up routines where when the jokes got a bit thin the comedian would resort to cuss words for a quick cheap laugh.

Having said that, Steel *did* get across a LOT of lesser known material about the French Revolution, sometimes in an extremely funny way. But only sometimes. I learned quite a lot, but my wife (who's studied the Revolution in detail) totally lost interest after 20 minutes.

At the end, I was left with the feeling that Mark Steel is an average-level comedian (of the cuss & swear type), but that his material just didn't quite stretch to the length of the show. So we were given all sorts of lengthy, slightly dubious asides, ranging from Michael Jackson to sex abuse in the Catholic church, etc, etc.

It was an enjoyable enough session, and I certainly don't feel I wasted my time watching this DVD... but I did find my attention wandering several times in the second half of the performance - something that's never happened when watching a good stand-up before. I also got the feeling that Steel was definitely struggling a bit at times

In short, I was left with the feeling that the show had been a wonderful, valiant experiment - a sort of stand-up 'Horrible History' for grown-ups. But that the experiment hadn't quite worked.
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