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Napoleon (1955)

Napoléon (original title)
From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte's life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Sacha Guitry

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Régnault de Saint-Jean d'Angély
Jeanne Boitel Jeanne Boitel ... Madame de Dino
Pierre Brasseur ... Le vicomte Paul de Barras
Gianna Maria Canale ... Pauline Borghese
Pauline Carton ... Une aubergiste
Jean Chevrier ... Le général Duroc
Danielle Darrieux ... Eléonore Denuelle
Clément Duhour ... Le maréchal Michel Ney
Jacques Dumesnil ... Le maréchal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte
O.W. Fischer ... Le prince Karl von Metternich
Jean Gabin ... Le maréchal Jean Lannes
Daniel Gélin ... Napoléon Bonaparte - jeune
Cosetta Greco ... Elisa Baccioli
Sacha Guitry ... Le prince Charles de Talleyrand
Madeleine Lebeau ... Emilie Pellapra
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Orson Welles è Hudson Lowe in questa mega produzione cinematografica che racconta scorci ed episodi della vita di Napoleone. Written by rosebud6

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles: as Sir Hudson Lowe, Napoléon Bonaparte's jailer on Saint Helena Island. See more »

Goofs

The narration by the character of Talleyrand is purportedly spoken in 1821-1822, shortly after Napoléon Bonaparte's death. However, in the last scene Talleyrand describes Napoleon's reburial which happened in 1840, even though Talleyrand himself died in 1838. See more »

Quotes

Bonaparte: I've just been born Joseph! Good bye! Good bye you English!
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Connections

Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'amour
Music by Jean-Paul Martini
Lyrics from a poem by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Sung by Luis Mariano
(1760)
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Disastrously dull account of Napoleon
4 October 1999 | by Chuck-185See all my reviews

This poorly made inexcusable film tries to be too sympathetic to Napoleon and is loaded with innumerable historical inaccuracies. Talleyrand doing the narration is absurd to begin with since he continually back stabbed Napoleon at every turn. Whether one loves the Emperor or loathes him, this movie will only bore you to tears. The acting is wooden and monotonous with the characters all indistinguishable from each other. The famous Battle of Waterloo is given all of one minute without even mentioning Napoleon's opposition and the retreat from Moscow isn't even shown at all. Anything worthwhile that Napoleon did in his lifetime is also completely left out. Lastly, Orson Welles as Sir Hudson Lowe (Napoleon's jailer on St. Helena) is the most incredible case of miscasting I've ever seen in any movie. It just shows how far Welles' stock had fallen in Hollywood to be involved in this farce just for a paycheck. Abel Gance's "Napoleon" from 1927 is still the film to see if one is interested in the life of the Emporer. Napoleon was at least an entertaining and animated conqueror/dictator. In this 1955 version starring Daniel Gelin, he is merely a glaring monosyllabic moron.


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