The Return of Martin Guerre  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
... to be one of those small, almost imperceptible, but ineffaceable birthmarks. Martin wore his hair very long, it was difficult to see if the mark were there or not. --Martin Guerre (from Celebrated Crimes) Alexandre Dumas

The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) is a 1982 French film directed by Daniel Vigne and based on true events in France during the 16th century. (See main article Martin Guerre). The film depicts a case of identity theft after a war, a man showing up in his village several years after his departure, soon eliciting suspicions from his former friends on his identity.

In 1983, a book of the same name was written by Natalie Zemon Davis, an American historian of early modern France.


Sommersby was a 1993 American remake, set after the Civil War, that starred Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.

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