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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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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 15725 delivered on 24-3-1955. 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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The name says it all... Sacha Guitry.
5 July 2006 | by ggirouxSee all my reviews

"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." Sacha Guitry

Guitry would have been very amused by some the comments posted here. It never was his intent to do an historically accurate movie. Anyone slightly familiar with his filmography knows the subtle derision he infused in all his storytelling. I found that movie very entertaining but I know, as some of my fellow commentators should too, that for factual accuracy one must look elsewhere. I too recommend his rendition of the highs and lows of the French monarchy in " Si Versailles m'était conté ".


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