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
I want my family to be well established. Joseph, particularly. The rest must wait until the victorious culmination of my campaign in Italy.
And you think you can do with people precisely what you want? That life is as you say it is?
Have you ever heard of a thing called destiny, Désirée?
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A film mostly saved by Brando's acting. Brando overshadows the whiny and irritating Jean Simmons and an overtly stiff Michael Rennie. The film is filled with tall actors but the smaller Brando lights up the screen.
The cinematography and editing are so unimaginative. The film has some of the most ridiculous camera angles I have ever seen. The camera is static most of the time and you feel like you are watching a play. It is left to the actors to create some kind of tension but in many places you cannot even see their expressions properly because the camera does not move. And there is hardly any editing in some of the scenes.
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