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Désirée (1954)

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

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Joseph Bonaparte
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Julie - Désirée's Sister
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Paulette Bonaparte
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Mme. Bonaparte
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Mme. Clary - Désirée's Mother
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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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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 15 seconds. See more »

Quotes

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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Remake of La sposa dei re (1938) See more »

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The Entrance
Composed and Conducted by Alex North
Orchestrated by Alexander Courage
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Charming, enjoyable, gorgeous costumes, beautiful actors
3 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie for the first time as a girl of 12 yrs. I loved it then and I love it now. I love the spunk of the character, Desiree Clary, so innocent, youthful, and fearless. The costumes were gorgeous. The story line has been described as sappy by some, but it provided a human, romantic overview of the era and of Napoleon, I enjoyed the movie and the actors and that's all that matters. Marlon Brando and Michael Rennie just added to the enjoyment. I vowed at the time that I first saw the movie, should I have a daughter I'd name her Desiree and I was blessed with a beautiful dark haired baby girl and her name is "Desiree". She just turned 22.


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