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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Christian Clavier ...  Napoléon 4 episodes, 2002
Isabella Rossellini ...  Joséphine de Beauharnais 4 episodes, 2002
Gérard Depardieu ...  Joseph Fouché 4 episodes, 2002
John Malkovich ...  Charles Talleyrand 4 episodes, 2002
Anouk Aimée ...  Letizia Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Heino Ferch ...  Armand Augustin Louis, Marquis de Caulaincourt 4 episodes, 2002
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ...  Joseph Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Marie Bäumer ...  Caroline Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Ludivine Sagnier ...  Hortense 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Doutey ...  Maréchal Ney 4 episodes, 2002
Claudio Amendola ...  Maréchal Joachim Murat 4 episodes, 2002
André Oumansky ...  Sieyes 4 episodes, 2002
Jacques Brunet Jacques Brunet ...  Roger-Ducos 4 episodes, 2002
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...  Roederer 4 episodes, 2002
Sylvain Corthay Sylvain Corthay ...  Dr. Corvisard 4 episodes, 2002
Tamsin Egerton ...  Betzy 4 episodes, 2002
David Francis David Francis ...  Hudson Lowe 4 episodes, 2002
Florence Darel Florence Darel ...  Madame Récamier 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Teulié Alain Teulié ...  Hippolyte Charles 4 episodes, 2002
Michel Ouimet Michel Ouimet ...  Docteur Ivan 4 episodes, 2002
Philip Lenkowsky ...  Cipriani 4 episodes, 2002
Tom Rack ...  Pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Geneviève Grandbois Geneviève Grandbois ...  Femme pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ...  Vétéran 4 episodes, 2002
Christopher Heyerdahl ...  Geoffroy St-Hilaire 4 episodes, 2002
Benjamin Sacks Benjamin Sacks ...  Jeune soldat pestiféré 4 episodes, 2002
Emmanuel Karsen Emmanuel Karsen ...  Soldat hôpital 4 episodes, 2002
Deborah Rudetzki Deborah Rudetzki ...  Julie 4 episodes, 2002
Grégoire Bonnet ...  Louis 4 episodes, 2002
Laurence Margerie Laurence Margerie ...  Élisa 4 episodes, 2002
Constance Dollé Constance Dollé ...  Pauline 4 episodes, 2002
Dimitri Michelsen ...  Eugène 4 episodes, 2002
Tomas Jaka Tomas Jaka ...  Grenadier blessé St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Laurent Larcher Laurent Larcher ...  Soldat St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Tristan Lignier Tristan Lignier ...  Officier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Grégoire Vigneron Grégoire Vigneron ...  Laquais Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Bruce McEwen Bruce McEwen ...  Estafette Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Lee Michelsen Lee Michelsen ...  Huissier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Mark Reed-Klevberg Mark Reed-Klevberg ...  Secrétaire Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
László Görög ...  Marbot 4 episodes, 2002
Andrew Hefler Andrew Hefler ...  Estafette blessé Danube 4 episodes, 2002
Doug Rand ...  Percier 4 episodes, 2002
Mike Dineen Mike Dineen ...  Fortin 4 episodes, 2002
Zsolt Zágoni ...  Adjudant Vincennes 4 episodes, 2002
Stéphane Bourquin Stéphane Bourquin ...  Officier Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Shawn Howard Shawn Howard ...  Ordonnance Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Christian Abomnes Christian Abomnes ...  Ordonnance Hudson Lowe 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Albenque ...  Policier 4 episodes, 2002
François-Xavier Anseaume François-Xavier Anseaume ...  Architecte 4 episodes, 2002
Peter Bartfay Peter Bartfay ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 2002
Václav Chalupa ...  Isabey 4 episodes, 2002
Leslie Clack Leslie Clack ...  Dignitaire 4 episodes, 2002
Julie du Page ...  Jeune femme palais Erfurt 4 episodes, 2002
Bill Dunn Bill Dunn ...  Dignitaire 4 episodes, 2002
Couy Griffin Couy Griffin ...  Aide de camp église 4 episodes, 2002
Richard Harris-Temple Richard Harris-Temple ...  Policier 4 episodes, 2002
Zoltán Karácsony Pulika Zoltán Karácsony Pulika ...  Cavalier ferme 4 episodes, 2002
Curtis Matthews Curtis Matthews ...  Officier QG Barras 4 episodes, 2002
Franck Neckebrock Franck Neckebrock 4 episodes, 2002
Tibor Pintér Tibor Pintér ...  Aide de camp 4 episodes, 2002
Gerard Whelan Gerard Whelan ...  Officier Ettenheim 4 episodes, 2002
Alexandra Maria Lara ...  Comtesse Marie Walewska 3 episodes, 2002
Julian Sands ...  Klemens Metternich 2 episodes, 2002
Mavie Hörbiger ...  Marie-Louise d'Autriche 2 episodes, 2002
Roc LaFortune ...  Marchand 2 episodes, 2002
Léopoldine Serre Léopoldine Serre ...  Petite fille attentat 2 episodes, 2002
Andy Cam Andy Cam ...  Homme attentat 2 episodes, 2002
Sasa Rasilov ...  Policier rue St-Nicaise 2 episodes, 2002
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ...  Fuyard St-Nicaise 2 episodes, 2002
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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence begins with his victory over the Royalists in 1795, which is followed by campaigns in Italy and Egypt. He marries the young and capricious Josephine de Beauharnais, the love of his life, who unfortunately cannot bear him any children. After a coup d'état he seizes power in France and crowns himself Emperor of the French in 1804. After his decisive victory at Austerlitz, Napoleon reorganizes Europe and makes his relatives into princes and kings. Continuing resistance by the Spanish results in some initial losses, however. Meanwhile, Napoleon is increasingly fascinated by other women, including the Polish patriot Maria Walewska, who bears him a son. Napoleon intends to found an imperial dynasty, however, to strengthen his position. After divorcing Josephine, he marries the Austrian princess Marie-Luise,... Written by Anonymous

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Napoleon died in 1821, May 05, at the age of 51. Not in the 1870'ties as some suggest. See more »

Goofs

The film claims, in the German version, that Napoleon III died in 1871, when in reality he died in 1873. See more »

Quotes

Napoléon: When such an old man marries such a young wife, he should learn to cover her with jewels. So should we forgive him, and see if something can be done about it?
Countess Marie Walewska: Sire, that's not what I want from your Majesty. My country no longer exists. Prussia, Austria, and Russia have dismembered it. Return Poland to me.
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Alternate Versions

Shot simultaneously in French and English. For the French version, the French actors spoke in French, the rest recited their dialogues in English and were later dubbed by other actors. For the English version, the French actors repeated the same shots reciting the dialogues in English. See more »

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Soundtracks

La Naissance du Roi de Rome (The Birth of the King of Rome)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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You will buy it anyway
29 December 2008 | by davidjpeersSee all my reviews

It is probably pointless recommending or not recommending this series as there are two types of people that are going to buy this: The Napoleon nuts like me and the period drama people. The latter will be in their element as the domestic sets are both lavish and authentic. There are also some remarkable likenesses such as Josephine, Murat and Caulencourt.

On first viewing I was left a little cold. I thought that at last a substantial amount of time had been allocated to this, perhaps the greatest of all individual subjects. However, if there is one thing that any expert on the subject will tell you, it is that there is no way that you can even begin to condense this subject into 60 hours, let alone 6. The worst mistake that this film makes is attempting to replicate the battles themselves. The camera angles pan across large expanses revealing (at best) eight or nine hundred extras. All this whilst regular references are made to 20,000 losses on each side (Austerlitz, Eylau, Essling and especially Waterloo). Sometimes, it is almost laughable and cheapens the rest of the film. The makers would have been much better off by excluding any military action and just leaving it to innuendo – after all, Borodino is just referred to by Caulencourt when in Moscow conversing with Murat.. Thank God they didn't try to replicate that terrible battle! So, the plus points: Napoleon: At first I thought that Clavier was miles off the mark. If, like me you have seen and were bowled over by Rod Steiger's rendition in Waterloo then this will get some getting used to. After all, Napoleon is a red-blooded Corsican genius, capable of flying off the handle at any time, exhausting his counterparts and friends alike. Not in this version. Yet, Clavier has one saving grace. He introduces a measured, human approach that we know Napoleon had to have had from time to time. Almost schizophrenic some might say (Megalomania is the preferred terminology). I don't prefer his interpretation of Napoleon's to Steiger, but it is warmer if not necessarily more Corsican. If we could introduce this to Steiger's approach you may have the perfect Napoleon.

The relationship between Napoleon and Josephine is also one of the better points of this series. Clavier's in-love out-of-love relationship is perfectly handled without the usual mushiness. Here is a relationship based on love, intensity, necessity and ultimately friendship and loss.

Finally, Caulencourt is dealt with in some depth, as is Fauche, Murat and Talleyrand. But where is Berthier, Bessieres, Augereau, Davout and Ney (who suddenly appears towards the end despite his Russian campaign heroics)? Holes? Yes. But unless we get someone with $500,000,000 willing to approach this subject with the endeavour it deserves then we are left with this kind of product. So overall, not too bad. Vive l'Emperor!


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Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Agadir, Morocco See more »

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EUR41,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 parts) | (DVD)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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