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Louis de Funès,
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.
If you are looking for virtuosic direction--fast cutting, swooping camera work and the like--don't bother with this. Visually the style is a bit clumsy; some scenes run on too long and the sets can be a little skimpy. If great acting from the star is what you want, then you'll get it here. Simon is terrific, just as good as he'd been in Panique in 1946. The contrast between bourgeois respectable Albert and rough-hewn Alain (just back from Canada, where he'd done prison time for some indiscretion) is beautifully well-drawn. Imagine a man who tells everybody that his twin brother died at 18 because he's ashamed of him, then imagine all the compromises he's had to make, all the hypocrisy he's had to live with over more than three decades: that's Albert, and Simon brings this out superbly. The other actors support the star capably. It was great to see Louis de Funes when he had a full head of hair, and Claude Gensac before she became matronly.
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