Mam'zelle Bonaparte (1942) Poster

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Doesn't Know Its Ass From Its Elba
writers_reign3 January 2008
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Like Louis Jouvet the first love of Edwige Feuillere was theatre and like Raimu she made only one film for Continental which is perhaps just as well as two or more of this standard would be tough to take. One of the loveliest as well as finest of her contemporaries - and those included such illustrious names as Danielle Darrieux, Michele Morgan, Arletty, Micheline Presle, etc - Feuillere often - and more so than any of the others - gave the impression she was on stage rather than a film set and depending on the circumstances this was either a positive or negative factor. Certainly her stage credentials were first-rate for she not only created the lead in The Madwoman of Chaillot and played more than two years in The Eagle Has Two Heads but her Marguerite Gautier in La Dame aux Camellias was the most acclaimed of any French actress and was preserved on disc all of which makes it a safe bet that she was not too wild playing the mistress not of Napoleon himself but his cousin, Jerome. Maurice Tourneur threw in some pleasing montages and fancy framing but overall this was one that probably all concerned would wish to forget.
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Napoleon's rag.
dbdumonteil18 June 2003
This is one of the worst examples of the French cinema during the German occupation.The appalling screenplay casts Feuillère as the mistress of Napoleon the third 's cousin Jerome.She does not love him but ,as she makes it clear: "you do not know what it is to be hungry".Alas,she falls in love with a legitimist (a royalist).

Edwige Feuillère and the whole cast's playing is obsolete and ridiculous.There's even a priceless duel sequence between the courtesan and her -female -enemy ,a duel with foils!

Maurice Tourneur turned around from that disaster and made a genuine fantastic masterpiece "la main du diable" the following year.

Napoleon the third's reign was never lucky:the most famous movies which deal with it are duds:"violettes impériales" (Richard Pottier;1952)"La Castiglione" (1954,with American star Yvonne De Carlo)
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