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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

Release Date:

1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperial Venus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.44 (1961) See more »

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A good film that needs better editing
15 September 2010 | by ricbigiSee all my reviews

I saw VENERE IMPERIALE when it first came out, in its Italian version, in its full-length, glorious cinematography, and I must say that most reviewers have missed the point in evaluating the film. This is a great epic on the life of a woman legendary for her beauty and love affairs. While many scenes are perhaps too static, resembling scenes from an historical frieze, others have adequate tone, pace and atmosphere, do projecting a real feel for the times and people depicted. I never thought the film was overlong when I saw it, but it is obvious it could have used better editing, a faster pace in some places. Nothing wrong with the art direction and the use of location for the external scenes. If anything, I would have entrusted the screenplay to Jacques Prévert and Jean Aurenche, who did such an outstanding job in NOTRE DAME DE Paris, instead of using five writers as Delannoy did. Too many people, perhaps too many hands involved. Delannoy loved Gina Lollobrigida, and directed her well. I never understood the negative criticisms directed at Lollobrigida as an actress. Those who pan her performance in this film should have a good look at Sophia Loren's in MADAME SANS-GÊNE. That's mediocrity for you. Gina at least was beautiful to look at, and possessed true star quality. One regret, though: why use Micheline Presle so sparingly? She was so wonderful a presence and deserved far more screen time than was given here.


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