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

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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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The life...the women...the conquests of Napoleon!


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11 February 1955 (Belgium)  »

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Desirée  »

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According to writer Daniel Taradash, Noël Coward was originally slated to direct. Marlon Brando wasn't happy with his replacement, the far more pedestrian Henry Koster. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Munsters: Munster Masquerade (1964) See more »

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Farewell
Composed and Conducted by Alex North
Orchestrated By Alexander Courage
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Brando save this film .....
7 November 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

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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