is attacked and their tax and rent collector, Gabelle, writes to England
begging his help. Charles returns to France, is arrested and sentenced to death.
His life is saved by Sydney Carton, a drunken and dissolute young
lawyer, whom physically he resembles. Charles and Sydney are both in
love with Lucie Manette, daughter of a French aristocrat long
incarcerated in the Bastille. Carton smuggles Charles out of prison and
bedstead, a visual trope of her incarceration behind bars, is
repeated in Woman in a Dressing Gown with Amy, suggesting a
similarity between the two women’s situations despite their
ostensible differences, one a real prisoner in the bare condemned cell,
and the other a metaphorical prisoner in her own home.
Examining Godard’s review further, it seems that
his poor opinion of the film has more to do with