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Mlle. Desiree (1942)

Le destin fabuleux de Désirée Clary (original title)
Historical romance, made under the Nazi occupation, centering on a woman, played by two different actresses, who influenced the life of Napoleon.

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Guitry ... Napoléon 1er
Gaby Morlay ... Désirée Clary, adulte
Jacques Varennes ... Bernadotte
Jean Hervé ... Talma
Aimé Clariond ... Joseph Bonaparte
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Lise Delamare ... Joséphine de Beauharnais
Yvette Lebon ... Julie Clary
Carlettina Carlettina ... Désirée Clary, enfant
Jean Périer Jean Périer ... Talleyrand
Noël Roquevert ... Fouché
Georges Grey ... Junot
Camille Fournier Camille Fournier ... Julie Bonaparte
Germaine Laugier ... Madame Clary
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... Albertine, la servante
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Historical romance, made under the Nazi occupation, centering on a woman, played by two different actresses, who influenced the life of Napoleon.

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Ten years later, Hollywood would make a CinemaScope version of the story with Brando as Napoleon and Jean Simmons as Desiree. See more »

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Version of Désirée (1954) See more »

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He who laughs last....
7 October 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Now you know where jean-Pierre Jeunet found his title for his 2002 blockbuster but Désirée 's destiny was more ...fabulous than Amélie's and where Henry Koster found his inspiration for the Brando/Simmons 1954 version.

I would not go as far as to write ,like the talented reviewer Benoit Racine,that it is Guitry's best" historical" movie;there are plenty of them and I must confess like his extravaganzas such as "Les Perles De La Couronne" or " Si Versailles M'Etait Conté " best.

The movie is divided in two distinct parts ,separated by the cast and credits in the middle of the story (which for the time,was not usual;still isn't).As usual ,Guitry appears in the flesh ,thanking the cameraman,the set designer,the editor...;most amazing thing,instead of making the actors look older,he uses different ones :Jean-Louis Barrault ,for instance is asked to give his part of Napoleon to his own director !

The first part is just OK but it's the second one which reveals Guitry the megalomaniac genius ,obsessed with immortality and mortality (the short shot of Bernadotte on his death bed );that someone can surpass him is unbearable and more than Désirée ,it's his former Marechal who fascinates the director/Emperor ;and although Bernadotte ended his life gloriously and gracefully ,history hardly remembers him,apart from people from Sweden whereas the prisoner of Sainte Helene is talked about here there and everywhere.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 September 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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