Désirée (1954)

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The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.


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Credited cast:
Julie, Désirée's sister
Charlotte Austin ...
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Mme. Bonaparte
Evelyn Varden ...
Isobel Elsom ...
Mme. Clary, Désirée's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Stewart


In Marseilles, France in 1794, Desiree Clary, a young millinery clerk, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte, but winds up wedding Genaral Jean-Baptiste Berandotte, an aid to Napoleon who later joins the forces that bring about the Emperor's downfall. Josephine Beauharnais, a worldly courtesan marries Napoleon and becomes Empress of France, but is then cast aside by her spouse when she proves unable to produce an heir to the throne. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

11 February 1955 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Desirée  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Montgomery Clift turned down the part of Napoleon. See more »


Napoleon Bonaparte: I want my family to be well established. Joseph, particularly. The rest must wait until the victorious culmination of my campaign in Italy.
Desiree Clary: And you think you can do with people precisely what you want? That life is as you say it is?
Napoleon Bonaparte: Have you ever heard of a thing called destiny, Désirée?
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Gorgeous languid costume peice ..very understated.

This movie is a feast for the eyes, and while slow paced and understated will be a very pleasant movie for some people.

This movie has good and simple characters moving through complicated situations that are easily understandable to most of us. The ex-girlfriend who's still a supportive friend, married to best and able friend who's conscience puts him in opposition to his lady's old love etc. etc.

Its a good romance/relationship film set in a gorgeous background using the vehicle of three real and outstanding characters to move through napoleonic history. I don't recall any gross historical errors so it may even be mildly educational too...

Its a VERY good movie, but it isn't exciting or thrilling or passionate or sexy or violent, but if you like your films to be visual feasts and can deal with the fact that sometimes emotions can be less than torrid and overwrought. and that humans have more subtle motives than sex and power.. You might like this

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