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Imperial Venus (1962)

Venere imperiale (original title)
PG | | Drama, History, Romance | 1972 (USA)
This loose biopic relates the adult life of Paolina (Paulette), the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. She is portrayed as a willful, yet impulsive woman, through her marriages and scandals, through the heights and depths of Napoleon's life.

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Jean Delannoy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Paulette Bonaparte
Stephen Boyd ... Jules de Canouville
Raymond Pellegrin ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Micheline Presle ... Josephine
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Freron
Massimo Girotti ... Leclerc
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati
Elsa Albani Elsa Albani ... Pianista
Aldo Berti ... Moribondo a Santo Domingo
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Camillo Borghese
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Del Val
Lilla Brignone Lilla Brignone ... Letizia
Ernesto Calindri Ernesto Calindri ... Cardinale Fesch
Tino Carraro Tino Carraro ... Canova
Claudio Catania Claudio Catania ... Gerolamo Bonaparte
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This loose biopic relates the adult life of Paolina (Paulette), the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. She is portrayed as a willful, yet impulsive woman, through her marriages and scandals, through the heights and depths of Napoleon's life.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

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1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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IMPERIAL VENUS (Jean Delannoy, 1963) **1/2
29 March 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Turgid historical saga, a semi-biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte's courtesan sister(!); the overall effect is as improbable as the Hollywood version, DESIREE' (1954), which had focused on the life of the famed French leader's 'girlfriend'.

Gina Lollobrigida is monotonous in the title role (not to mention unconvincing when it comes to the dramatic passages of the plot); incidentally, she had previously worked for the director on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1957). In support of the star are the likes of Stephen Boyd (who would fare much better playing alongside the Italian sex symbol's rival, Sophia Loren, in THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE [1964]), Raymond Pellegrin (making for a pretty good Napoleon) and Massimo Girotti – while Micheline Presle (playing Josephine) and Gabriele Ferzetti put in 'guest appearances'.

At an interminable length of almost 2½ hours, for what amounts to a largely unexciting narrative, the film – which, at least, has the virtue of expansive locations and attractive widescreen photography – understandably adopts an episodic structure throughout. In fact, the heroine is seen being involved with various lovers (including officer Ferzetti and roguish Hussar Boyd) and husbands (General-turned-Viceroy Girotti and a wimpish Italian Prince)…apart from facing such calamities as war, plague, deaths in the family and, finally, the humiliating abdication of Napoleon himself!


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