Napoleon

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, War

The life, loves, and military campaigns of Napoleon are brought to the screen in this opus from French stage and screen director-writer-actor Sacha Guitry. Not the masterpiece that Abel Gance's silent NAPOLEON is, Guitry's retelling is just that--Guitry, as Talleyrand, telling his friends about various episodes in Napoleon's life. Guitry re-creates the...read more

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The life, loves, and military campaigns of Napoleon are brought to the screen in this opus from French stage and screen director-writer-actor Sacha Guitry. Not the masterpiece that Abel Gance's silent NAPOLEON is, Guitry's retelling is just that--Guitry, as Talleyrand, telling his friends

about various episodes in Napoleon's life. Guitry re-creates the period with the help of legendary art director Eugene Lourie and a cast that includes two of the cinema's greatest directors, Orson Welles (as Sir Hudson Lowe) and Erich von Stroheim (as Beethoven, whose "Eroica" symphony is said to

have been originally dedicated to Napoleon). As expected, most of the highlights of Napoleon's career are here--the campaigns of Italy, Austria, and Egypt; his rise to emperor; his return from Elba and the Battle of Waterloo; and his involvement with both Josephine and Desiree (affairs

fictionalized in the 1954 Marlon Brando film DESIREE). Originally released at 190 minutes, the videocassette version has been reduced to 115 minutes and dubbed into English.

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  • Review: The life, loves, and military campaigns of Napoleon are brought to the screen in this opus from French stage and screen director-writer-actor Sacha Guitry. Not the masterpiece that Abel Gance's silent NAPOLEON is, Guitry's retelling is just that--Guitry, a… (more)

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