welp, this was just dire. whilst the painterly visual approach is briefly interesting, this stuffy, bland, and simply dull period drama would've been a slog to get through at the best of times, even without its politics making the entire thing unbearable. i've loved some of rohmer's previous work, so this was especially disheartening to find; imagine viewing one of the most important events in human history with such contempt, horror and disgust.
the stilted dialogue scenes drag on and on, reading laughably melodramatic lines with unconvincing performances; the camerawork which made his contemporary dramas feel so unique here makes his period work feel dead inside. to quote the film itself:
"I have little regard for the book, it is profoundly boring. It sent me to sleep."
or perhaps to quote it further:
"Nothing compares in atrocity."