Napoléon by Raymond Pellegrin, Daniel Gélin, Jean-Pierre Aumont | 787364414093 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Napoléon

Napoléon

Cast: Raymond Pellegrin, Daniel Gélin, Jean-Pierre Aumont

     
 
Showing no signs of slowing down in his 70th year, Sacha Guitry served as director and writer of the lavish historical epic Napoleon, and also costarred as Talleyrand. It is now hard to assess the quality of the film, since most American prints are severely edited, and the color photography appallingly washed out. Reviewers in 1955 admired the effort that went

Overview

Showing no signs of slowing down in his 70th year, Sacha Guitry served as director and writer of the lavish historical epic Napoleon, and also costarred as Talleyrand. It is now hard to assess the quality of the film, since most American prints are severely edited, and the color photography appallingly washed out. Reviewers in 1955 admired the effort that went into this $1,800,000 production, but complained that the viewer left the film with no deeper understanding of Napoleon Bonaparte than the viewer had had when coming in. Daniel Gelin poses impressively as the young Bonaparte, registering emotion only when things go wrong in his conquest of Europe, while Raymond Pellegrin is somewhat better as the older, more jaded Napoleon (the transition between the two actors is handled in a near-comic fashion). The Revolution is reduced to a few fleeting scenes, while the rest of the film is devoted to political infighting and betrayal. The huge supporting cast includes Michele Morgan as Josephine and Lana Marconi and Dany Robin, respectively, as Napoleon's mistresses Waleska and Desiree.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
UPC:
0787364414093
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bci / Eclipse
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:09:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raymond Pellegrin Napoleon
Daniel Gélin Bonaparte
Sacha Guitry Talleyrand
Jean-Pierre Aumont Renault de Saint-Jean d'Angely
Michèle Morgan Josephine de Beauharnais
Henri Vidal Murat
Danielle Darrieux Eleonore Denuelle
Orson Welles Hudson Lowe
Maria Schell Marie-Louis d'Autriche
Jeanne Boitel Mme. de Dino
Pierre Brasseur Barras
Gianna Maria Canale Pauline Borghese
Pauline Carton Innkeeper
Jean Chevrier Gen. Duroc
Louis de Funès Actor
Clement Duhour Marshal Ney
Jacques Dumesnil Bernadotte
O.W. Fischer Metternich
Jean Gabin Marshal Lannes
Cosetta Greco Elisa Bacchiochi
Madeleine Le Beau Emilie Pellapra
Jean Marais Count de Montholon
Lana Marconi Marie Walewska
Luis Mariano The Singer Garat
Armand Mestral Marshal Oudinot
Yves Montand Marshal Lefebvre
Patachou Mme. Sans-Gene
Roger Pigaut Caulaincourt
Micheline Presle Hortense de Beauharnais
Dany Robin Desiree Clary
Noël Roquevert Gen. Cambronne
Eleonora Rossi-Drago Mme. Foures
Maurice Teynac Las Cases
Erich Von Stroheim Ludwig van Beethoven

Technical Credits
Sacha Guitry Director,Screenwriter
Clement Duhour Producer
Jean Françaix Score Composer
Raymond Lamy Editor
Pierre Montazel Cinematographer
René Renoux Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Select
1. Chapter One [17:55]
2. Chapter Two [16:06]
3. Chapter Three [15:34]
4. Chapter Four [18:26]
5. Chapter Five [14:12]
6. Chapter Six [16:38]
7. Final Credit [19:53]

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