Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Georges Sand (Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant:1804-76) was a noblewoman who broke new ground for women in the 19th century. She was a sensuous woman, a great novelist, and a devoted mother. She fought ferociously (and largely successfully) to maintain her independence from men. She also dressed in male clothing, adopted a male name, smoked cigars, and had numerous affairs; the most famous was with the composer/performer Frederic Chopin. In her lifetime, her behavior was one of the great scandals of Europe. This French film makes an effort to depict her life to show how she is an essential forerunner of the women's liberation movement. To highlight this point, certain anachronisms are brought to this otherwise straightforward recounting.
aristocracy, book, feminism, women's-issues, writing