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Napoleon (1955)

Napoléon (original title)
From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte's life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writers:

Sacha Guitry (conceived by), Sacha Guitry | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Régnault de Saint-Jean d'Angély
Jeanne Boitel Jeanne Boitel ... Madame de Dino
Pierre Brasseur ... Le vicomte Paul de Barras
Gianna Maria Canale ... Pauline Borghese
Pauline Carton ... Une aubergiste
Jean Chevrier ... Le général Duroc
Danielle Darrieux ... Eléonore Denuelle
Clément Duhour ... Le maréchal Michel Ney
Jacques Dumesnil ... Le maréchal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte
O.W. Fischer ... Le prince Karl von Metternich
Jean Gabin ... Le maréchal Jean Lannes
Daniel Gélin ... Napoléon Bonaparte - jeune
Cosetta Greco ... Elisa Baccioli
Sacha Guitry ... Le prince Charles de Talleyrand
Madeleine Lebeau ... Emilie Pellapra
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Storyline

Another cameo for Orson Welles as Hudson Lowe in this all star production of episodic glances at Napoleon's life, performed by Daniel Gelin as the young and Raymond Pellegrin as the old. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Biography | Drama | War

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Trivia

Erich von Stroheim: as Ludwig van Beethoven in the Imperial Court of Austria. See more »

Goofs

The narration by the character of Talleyrand is purportedly spoken in 1821-1822, shortly after Napoléon Bonaparte's death. However, in the last scene Talleyrand describes Napoleon's reburial which happened in 1840, even though Talleyrand himself died in 1838. See more »

Quotes

Bonaparte: Joseph, I've just been born! Goodbye you British! Goodbye!
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Connections

Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'amour
Music by Jean-Paul Martini
Lyrics from a poem by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Sung by Luis Mariano
(1760)
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A solid offering.
27 July 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

For the ultimate "Napoleon" experience we have to go to 1927 and Abel Gance's masterpiece. Guitry's version is solid - but it crams almost thirty years into one movie. Gance had a longer movie - but it ended in 1797; Waterloo was in 1815, and Guitry's account even went beyond Napoleon's death: it concluded with the glorious return of Napoleon's remains to Paris much later. Nonetheless, even though it moved from scene to scene too quickly and needed more character development, this is a solid historical account worth seeing. BEST OF ALL, both the Gance and Guitry versions give us an alternative interpretation of Napoleon instead of the usual Anglophile hate-filled anti-French propaganda, as seen in "Horation Hornblower" and others.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 March 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleon See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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