It would be an impossibility even in three reels to give the complete history of this most wonderful man. In presenting this picture we have selected a few only of the best-known and most ... See full summary »

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It would be an impossibility even in three reels to give the complete history of this most wonderful man. In presenting this picture we have selected a few only of the best-known and most famous scenes in his life. Commencing the story with a summer evening at Malmaison we see in progress one of the most magnificent fetes of the kind that took place only in France, during the height of Bonaparte's power, and at which are present Napoleon and Josephine. Following this is the well-known scene when Napoleon on his rounds discovers a sentry asleep behind a haystack, takes up the latter's gun and continues his duties to the astonishment of the soldier when he awakes. We next come to the Battle of Austerlitz and the incident of the guard who was decorated by Napoleon for refusing to allow him to pass without the watchword. The battle itself is shown very vividly in all its varying phases. The following scenes show the little King of Rome; Napoleon endeavoring to compel the Pope to sign an ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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October 1909 (USA)  »

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In a class by itself
7 July 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is impossible in one film to more than merely hint at the dramatic scenes in the life of a great historic character like Napoleon. But a well-informed producer can select incidents which seem to exhibit the historic personage more strongly than others. The selection made for this series seems to convey with reasonable accuracy the real, or fancied, characteristics of one of the great personages of the world. The fete at Malmaison, with Napoleon and Josephine present, is staged so sumptuously that one almost seems to be present. Moreover, in this and all other scenes the picture is historically correct as to setting and costuming. Wherever possible the negatives were made where the events depicted actually occurred. Napoleon took leave of his guards at Fontainebleu, and that is where the picture representing this event was made. The battle of Austerlitz is shown, and here occurred the decoration of the sentry who refused to permit Napoleon to pass without the watchword. And so here and there an event has been taken from the great general's life and placed upon the screen with an attention to the historic details which makes the pictures of more than ordinary educational value. The film deserves more than the commonplace commendation which is accorded any work. It is beyond that and in a class by itself. - The Moving Picture World, July 9, 1910


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