Juggling in Movies

Jefferson in Paris (1995)

[Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Simon Callow, Gwyneth Paltrow]

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old slave Sally Hemings. Here we follow Jefferson to France, and see the death of his wife, his friendships and flirtations with the French, and his relationship with his daughters and slaves from home (especially Sally), against the backdrop of the beginning of the French Revolution.

Somebody outside a French cathedral does about eight seconds of a shaky three ball cascade, while two dogs bark at his feet.


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