Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) 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.


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Inspired by the incredible true story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges in 18th century France, Chevalier takes amongst the backdrop of the lead up to the French Revolution. The film sheds new light on the realities of France at this time and can ignite student interest and engagement in learning more about the French Revolution.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Film rating: PG-13. Common Sense Media rates Chevalier as appropriate for 13+. 

Our Discussion Guide includes:

More about the Film
Historical Context
Beginnings, Opportunity, and Excellence
Women and Patriarchy
Race and Identity
The French Revolution and Bologne’s Legacy

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