A lavish adaptation of Stendhal's classic novel. Ewan McGregor is Julien Sorel seducing his way up the social ladder in post-Napoleonic France. Ewan McGregor, Alice Krige and Rachel Weisz head a top-class cast in this stylish adaptation of Stendhal's classic novel, 'Le Rouge et Le Noir'. Filmed on location in the Jura mountains and aristocratic chateaux around Lyon, 'Scarlet and Black' tells the story of Julien Sorel, son of a provincial carpenter with ambitions far above his station in life. He is inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, the humble soldier who rose through the ranks to become Emperor. But young Julien feels that the road to power no longer lies in the army (the scarlet) but in the church (the black) and applies himself to scholarship.