Le Chevalier de Saint-George

L’Archet des Lumières (The Enlightened Violinist)

Julien Chauvin, Quatuor Cambini-Paris, Magali Léger, Alain Guédé, Louis de Carbonnières, Mylène Alexis-Garel


An emancipated slave, the Chevalier de Saint-George managed to elevate himself to the highest spheres of the Enlightened 18th-century French society, thanks to his incredible accomplishments as a fencer, horseman, and musician. From the Guadeloupe where he was born, to Paris and Versailles where he made a name for himself, to Lille that he defended against the royalists during the French Revolution, he quickly became one of the most important characters in both the musical and the military scenes. Through his compositions, testimonies from specialists and secrets shared by some of his best interprets, this film narrates his extraordinary adventures.