Napoleon

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Napoléon is a 1955 French historical epic film directed by Sacha Guitry that depicts major events in the life of Napoleon. Napoleon is played by two actors, Daniel Gélin as a young man and Raymond Pellegrin in later life; the switch takes place during a scene at a barber. read more

Napoléon is a 1955 French historical epic film directed by Sacha Guitry that depicts major events in the life of Napoleon. Napoleon is played by two actors, Daniel Gélin as a young man and Raymond Pellegrin in later life; the switch takes place during a scene at a barber. Director/actor Guitry played the role of Talleyrand, controversial diplomat and first Prime Minister of France, narrating the story from a drawing room as if having just heard of Napoleon's death on the island of Saint Helena in 1821. Guitry had played Talleyrand before, in 1948's Le Diable boiteux. Yves Montand appears as Marshal Lefebvre and Maria Schell as Marie-Louise of Austria. The film also has cameo appearances by a number of notable actors, particularly Erich von Stroheim as Ludwig van Beethoven, and Orson Welles as Napoleon's British jailor, Sir Hudson Lowe. The English version is a contemporary dub made as part of the original production, but does not run as long as the French version.

Original Release

03/25/1955

Cast

Pierre Brasseur Barras / Le vicomte Paul de Barras
Danielle Darrieux Eléonore Denuelle
Dora Doll
O.W. Fischer Le prince Karl von Metternich / Karl von Metternich
Jean Gabin Le maréchal Jean Lannes / Marshal Jean Lannes
Daniel Gelin Napoléon Bonaparte - jeune / Napoléon Bonaparte
Sacha Guitry Talleyrand / Le prince Charles de Talleyrand
Dany Robin Désirée Clary
Jean Marais Le comte de Montholon / Count Montholon
Lana Marconi Marie Walewska
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Sacha Guitry

Writers

Sacha Guitry, Joe Wyner

Cast

Pierre Brasseur Barras / Le vicomte Paul de Barras
Danielle Darrieux Eléonore Denuelle
Dora Doll
O.W. Fischer Le prince Karl von Metternich / Karl von Metternich
Jean Gabin Le maréchal Jean Lannes / Marshal Jean Lannes
Daniel Gelin Napoléon Bonaparte - jeune / Napoléon Bonaparte
Sacha Guitry Talleyrand / Le prince Charles de Talleyrand
Dany Robin Désirée Clary
Jean Marais Le comte de Montholon / Count Montholon
Lana Marconi Marie Walewska
Yves Montand Lefebvre
Patachou Madame Sans-Gêne
Raymond Pellegrin Napoléon Bonaparte - vieux / Old Napoléon Bonaparte
Micheline Presle Hortense de Beauharnais / Queen Hortense de Beauharnais
Maria Schell L'archiduchesse Marie-Louise d'Autriche / Marie-Louise d'Autriche
Erich von Stroheim Ludwig van Beethoven
Orson Welles Sir Hudson Lowe
Anne Carrère Madamme Hamelin
Louis de Funès Soldier Laurent Passementier
Luis Mariano Le chanteur Garat / Garat

Producers

Editors

Raymond Lamy

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