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Désirée -- In Marseilles, France in 1794, Desiree Clary (Jean Simmons), a young millinery clerk, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte (Marlon Brando), but winds up wedding Genaral Jean-Baptiste Berandotte (Michael Rennie), an aid to Napoleon who later joins the forces that bring about the Emperor's downfall.

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Release Date:
11 February 1955 (Belgium) See more »
Tagline:
The life...the women...the conquests of Napoleon!
Plot:
The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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At least a point of departure for a study of a great French leader... See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Marlon Brando ... Napoleon Bonaparte

Jean Simmons ... Désirée Clary

Merle Oberon ... Empress Josephine

Michael Rennie ... Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte

Cameron Mitchell ... Joseph Bonaparte

Elizabeth Sellars ... Julie - Désirée's Sister
Charlotte Austin ... Paulette Bonaparte
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mme. Bonaparte
Evelyn Varden ... Marie
Isobel Elsom ... Mme. Clary - Désirée's Mother

John Hoyt ... Talleyrand

Alan Napier ... Despreaux
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mary Stewart ... Minor Role

Leon Alton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Louis Borel ... Baron Morner (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Aide (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ... Count Brahe (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Brand ... Servant (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Coachman (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry Crane ... Louis Bonaparte (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Etienne Clary (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Florence Dublin ... Eliza Bonaparte (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Queen Hedwig (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady of the Court Holding Baby (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Count Regnaud (uncredited)
Chief Leonard George ... Pope Pius VII (uncredited)
Jack George ... Piano Teacher (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Guard (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... Fouche (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Party Guest (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Montel (uncredited)

Carolyn Jones ... Mme. Tallien (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Josephine's Escort (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... General Becker (uncredited)
Marina Koshetz ... Singer (uncredited)
Nicolas Koster ... Oscar - Désirée's son (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Parisian Townswoman (uncredited)

Kay E. Kuter ... Lackey (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Barras (uncredited)
Judy Lester ... Caroline Bonaparte (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Court Member (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Caulaincourt (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Queen Sofia (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Servant (uncredited)
Siw Paulsson ... Princess Sofia (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Villager Holding Child (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Servant (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Servant (uncredited)
Violet Rensing ... Marie Louise (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Von Essen (uncredited)
John Roy ... Council Member (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Chaumiers (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Council Member (uncredited)
Richard Van Cleemput ... Lucien Bonaparte (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Koster 
 
Writing credits
Annemarie Selinko (book)

Daniel Taradash 

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner 
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Charles Le Maire 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director
Jack Sonntag .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
John Speak .... boom operator
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Cronjager .... location director of photography (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... composer: waltz (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen Papich .... choreographer
Prudence Anderson .... assistant: Henry Koster (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Eleanor Johnson .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Carl C. Lengay .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Louis V. Pick .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Woodruff .... assistant: Henry Koster (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Montgomery Clift turned down the part of Napoleon.See more »
Quotes:
Desiree Clary:[shouting over an icy wind as they dock in Stockholm] I hope we get indoors soon, Jean-Baptiste! I've worn all my warmest underthings and I'm still freezing!
[Her husband raises his eyebrows, a bit shocked but obviously amused]
Desiree Clary:Don't worry, no one's going to pull up my skirts and look!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Sing Your Song (2011)See more »

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Audrey Hepburn---Was She Suppose to Play Desiree?
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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
At least a point of departure for a study of a great French leader..., 18 August 2000

Henry Koster directed many films with considerable charm and flair... His attempts at drama were for the most part less successful but always visually pleasant... He was nominated for an Academy Award for directing "The Bishop's Wife" in 1947... His reputation as a skilled artist led to his assignment as director of the first film in CinemaScope, "The Robe."

Koster does manage to keep the dynamism of "Désirée" and is excellent on both the technical level as on the screen acting... The film won Oscar Nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color & Best Costume Design...

His high moment of the film was 'The Coronation Ceremony' where after the blessing of the crowns Napoleon seizes the crown from the Pope Pius VII and crowns first himself, then Josephine (Merle Oberon), Napoleon's first wife... (This petite brunette looked particularly ravishing as the empress).

Marlon Brando proved his versatility playing the great French soldier-statesman, a man insatiably ambitious, exceptionally intelligent, prompt to make decisions... Brando's performance is cool, calculating, compulsive, using a calm, measured English accent, providing the role its wise temperature of the most celebrated personage in the history of France & Europe...

British actor Michael Rennie plays the revolutionary general Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte with a noticed antipathy for his rival... Bernadotte shifts his allegiances, forming alliances with Russia, Great Britain & Prussia, contributing in the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig...

Jean Simmons - lovely as ever with her delicate beauty - gives the story fluid charm of a seventeen-year-old girl to a self-confident woman... We see her running through the streets of Marseilles, growing up in the outcome of the French Revolution, recording her daily written account of events, witnessing Napoleon's arrest...

Rescued from the threat of a jump into the Seine, Désirée rejects Napoleon's advances, and marries Count Bernadotte, now a Marshall of France...

Désirée was a romantic figure involved with two opposite characters: one as Emperor of France with an eternal search for wars and glory, and a king, uncertain sometimes about his capacities, with the necessity of a beloved queen besides him...

If not viewed as a history lesson, this fictionalized biopic is good entertainment and at least a point of departure for a study of a great French leader...

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