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Conquest (1937)





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Conquest was released in England as Marie Waleska, the name of the real-life historical personage portrayed by Greta Garbo. The film begins in 1807, when Marie, a Polish countess, is dispatched by her country to meet with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer). Marie has been encouraged to press for Polish independence by whatever means possible--and though no one comes out and says as much, it is understood that she will offer herself sexually to the promiscuous Napoleon. She dutifully becomes Bonaparte's mistress, bears his child, and--almost as an afterthought--falls in love with him. Thanks to the political chicanery of Talleyrand (Reginald Owen), Napoleon is obliged to marry Hapsburg princess Marie Louise, and Marie is cast aside, her usefulness at an end. Only after Napoleon has been exiled to Elba in 1815 is he reunited with Marie and their son (Scotty Beckett). Though it stands up pretty well today, Conquest was a flop in 1937, and the beginning of the end of Garbo's screen career.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: S.N. Behrman, Waclaw Gasiorowski, S. N. Behrman, S.N. Behrmann, Samuel Hoffenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 2006
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)


Charles Boyer
as Emperor Napoleon Bon...
Greta Garbo
as Countess Marie Walew...
Reginald Owen
as Tallyrand
Alan Marshal
as Capt. D'Ornano
Henry Stephenson
as Count Anastas Walews...
Leif Erickson
as Paul Lachinski
Dame May Whitty
as Laetitia Bonaparte
C. Henry Gordon
as Prince Poniatowski
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Countess Pelagia
George Houston
as Marshal Duroc
George Zucco
as Senator Malachowski
Scotty Beckett
as Alexandre
Henry Kolker
as Sen. Wybitcki
Ivan Lebedeff
as Cossack Captain
Lois Meredith
as Countess Potocka
Oscar Apfel
as Count Potocka
Betty Blythe
as Princess Mirska
George Davis
as Grenadier
Dr. Farid
as Persian Ambassador
Pasha Khan
as Persian Interpreter
Carlos De Valdez
as Turkish Ambassador
Robert Warwick
as Capt. Laroux
Ien Wul
as Prince Metternich
Jean Fenwick
as Maria Louisa
Ralf Harolde
as Lejeune
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Dying Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Conquest

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Though not one of Grabo's best film, the historical romance about Napoleon and Polish Countess Walewska is made in the classy middlebrow mode of MGM in the 1930s. Boyer received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Conquest

61/100. This film was a failure at the box office and notable as being the film that started Greta Garbo's downfall in Hollywood. The production is superb. The costumes, art direction, cinematography and the score are all first rate. Greta Garbo is only fair, Charles Boyer overacts quite a bit as Napoleon, not one of his better performances. I know Hollywood is know for fictionalizing a bit in their movies based on real people, but Conquest takes it a little too far. It's too talky, and that brings about some very slow stretches. Pretty much everyone is miscast, particularly Dame May Whitty and Maria Ouspenskaya. Director Clarence Brown's films usually have a good pace, this is an exception.

James Higgins

after the success of camille, garbo was paired as marie walewska to charles boyer's napoleon. boyer was the victor in the film.

darryl clark

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