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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

Another cameo for Orson Welles as Hudson Lowe in this all star production of episodic glances at Napoleon's life, performed by Daniel Gelin as the young and Raymond Pellegrin as the old. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleon See more »

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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

Italian censorship visa # 20697 delivered on 19-4-1956. 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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Guitry's best color film?
23 June 2008 | by tentenderSee all my reviews

It appears that most of the comments here are based on viewing of the ridiculous Showtime American edition, which cuts out, if I am not mistaken, more than half the film, is dubbed and, apparently substitutes narration for dialogue, of which there is plenty, as well as the narration, ostensibly Talleyrand relating Napoleon's story on the day of his death, framing the historical episodes. At a little over three hours, this is a spectacular epic, and I recommend heartily seeing the French edition (an excellent print in gorgeous color, if a little dirty by American re-mastering standards). It looks gorgeous -- much more interestingly shot, designed and lighted than Guitry's other color epics, "Si Versailles m'etait conte" and "Si Paris nous etait conte," both of which have a very disappointing, glaring flat look. Many interesting star turns, notably a weird Beethoven by Erich von Stroheim and Orson Welles as Napoleon's jailer on St. Helena, but also some excellent more sustained performances, particularly Michele Morgan as Josephine and Daniel Gelin as the young Napoleon. (As in his earlier "Le destin fabuleux de Desiree Clary", Guitry -- who insists that after Austerlitz Bonaparte became Napoleon, another man entirely -- casts the younger and older Napoleon with two radically different-looking actors.) It's a very enjoyable film, and, if you know French, well worth seeking out in the French edition (no subtitles, unfortunately). The American one is a complete waste of time and money.


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