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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)  »

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Desirée  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Although Marlon Brando didn't take his role seriously - despite every effort by director Henry Koster - "Desiree" outgrossed his other 1954 film, On the Waterfront (1954). See more »


Count Brahe: You will enjoy life in Sweden, madame. Stockholm is called the Venice of the north.
Desiree Clary: [Shivering] I prefer the Venice of the south!
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14 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've never seen a Brando film before. I've never seen a Napoleon film before. But after studying Napoleon in World history class and seeing Desiree, I've come to the conclusion the Brando must be a descendant of Napoleon or something. He IS Napoleon. I wasn't that interested when my grandmother suggested it, but I don't take things at face value. I check it out. True it's not incredibly accurate, historically speaking, though a lot of it is true and someone certainly did their research. If I recall my history class correctly someone once called Napoleon "The greatest Godless man alive." or something like that. But Brando IS Napoleon. No Question.

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