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The Battle of Austerlitz (1960)

Austerlitz (original title)
Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians.

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Abel Gance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Mondy ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Martine Carol ... Joséphine de Beauharnais
Claudia Cardinale ... Pauline Bonaparte
Leslie Caron ... Mlle de Vaudey
Vittorio De Sica ... Pope Pius VII
Elvire Popesco ... Laetitia Bonaparte
Jean Marais ... Carnot
Michel Simon ... Alboise
Orson Welles ... Robert Fulton
Georges Marchal ... Le maréchal Jean Lannes
Jack Palance ... Gen. Weirother
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Ségur fils
Rossano Brazzi ... Lucien Bonaparte
Jean Mercure ... Talleyrand
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Elisa Bonaparte
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Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Drama | History | War

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Language:

French

Release Date:

1960 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Austerlitz See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

French visa #22693 delivered on 16-6-1960. See more »

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In the scene in William Pitt's office in London which is set in the early 1800's, you can see in the background through the window the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, 60 years before they were built. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original French version runs longer than the English dubbed international one. It contains extra scenes including ones with Napoleon visiting his mistress and of Ségur (Jean-Louis Trintignant) imagining the coronation of the emperor for the palace staff. See more »

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23 February 2003 | by delbrukSee all my reviews

I believe the reason after so many votes that no one has decided to offer a review of this film is because it appears so hard to define it as a film. This is much more a tedious, detailed account of Napoleon's victory at the battle of Austerlitz. The film focuses so much on the strategic underpinnings of the battle that is almost seems more like watching a risk or stratego game than a film. From the political maneuvering of how the French and Russian forces came to the battle to the strategic genius that was Napoleon this film does not offer much in the way of character development, acting, or even special effects. What the film does offer is a historical recount of how battles were fought in the early 19th century. The only interesting cinematic points of interest is to look for a young Jack Palance as a Russian General and a scene stealing Orson Welles as an American inventor. Also this was one of the last films directed by the French "DW Griffith" - Abel Gance.


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