Napoléon

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Halfway through, Gélin as the young Napoleon sits down for a haircut. Snip, snip, et voilà, 'he felt like a different man' - and the older Pellegrin now occupies the chair and the role. This easy way with a long, bumpy narrative is the best of Guitry. In the person of Talleyrand, he recounts admiringly, but with many a wry aside, Bonaparte's life and times. The interest level fluctuates, the staging is sedentary (Guitry delegated the battles to Eugène Lourié), the perspective is that of a French patriot. Still, the treats keep coming: Stroheim as Beethoven, Welles as the brutish Brit of St Helena, and Gabin as the mortally wounded Maréchal Lannes, gesturing feebly towards the heaps of corpses, then roaring into the Emperor's ear, 'Assez!'

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Duration: 193 mins

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Director: Sacha Guitry
Screenwriter: Sacha Guitry
Cast: Jean-Pierre Aumont
Pierre Brasseur
Danielle Darrieux
Jean Gabin
Daniel Gélin
Sacha Guitry
Jean Marais
Yves Montand
Michèle Morgan
Raymond Pellegrin
Micheline Presle
Serge Reggiani
Dany Robin
Maria Schell
Erich von Stroheim
Henri Vidal
Orson Welles
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