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Napoleon (1955)

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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.

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Cast

Orson Welles
as Hudson Lowe
Sacha Guitry
as Tallyrand
Michèle Morgan
as Josephine de Beauharnais
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Renault de Saint-Jean d'Angely
Danielle Darrieux
as Eleonore Denuelle
Jean Gabin
as Marshal Lannes
Jean Marais
as Count de Montholon
Yves Montand
as Marshal Lefebvre
Patachou
as Mme. Sans-Gene
Maria Schell
as Marie-Louise d'Autriche
Jeanne Boitel
as Mme. de Dino
Gianna Maria Canale
as Pauline Borghese
Daniel Gélin
as Bonaparte
O.W. Fischer
as Metternich
Lana Marconi
as Marie Walewska
Dany Robin
as Desiree Clary
Pauline Carton
as Innkeeper
Jean Chevrier
as Gen. Duroc
Clément Duhour
as Marshal Ney
Jacques Dumesnil
as Bernadotte
O.W. Fisher
as Metternich
Cosetta Greco
as Elisa Bacchiochi
Madeleine LeBeau
as Emilie Pellapra
Luis Mariano
as The Singer Garat
Armand Mestral
as Marshal Oudinot
Roger Pigaut
as Caulaincourt
Micheline Presle
as Hortense de Beauharnais
Serge Reggiani
as Lucien Bonaparte
Noël Roquevert
as Gen. Cambronne
Maurice Teynac
as Las Cases
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