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Two officers in Napoleon's army violently confront each other in a series of savage duels that escalate into a consuming passion that rules the lives of the men for the next thirty years.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 19-AUG-2003
Media Type: DVD
- Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
- Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott and Keven Reynolds featurette
- "Boy and Bicycle" - Ridley Scott's first short film
- Photo Galleries
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This film is a masterpiece. The cinematography is gorgeous; many a cut seems to be to a painting of the Napoleonic era, which then animates. The sword-fighting choreography by William Hobbs is as realistic as you're ever likely to see, painful, bloody and exhausting with the prospect of death ever present. The story, based on historic events, is gripping and the ending extremely satisfying. This is one of the few films i will gladly watch again and again.
See this film on the biggest, best screen you can. Buy in in high def because it is unsurpassed in its glorious settings, compositions, scenery: it is magnificent. Set during the years Napoleon waged war across Europe and into Russia, the backdrops are hand-selected for their perfection. Others have mused that in the final scene the cinematographer controlled the sun and its flirtation with the clouds. I have no doubt.
Carradine and Keitel are wonderful in a conflict that is largely manufactured by a deranged mind. Every bit of this story is to be savored, watched again annually for the myriads of glorious moments: the goose girl, the orange eaten in a damp early morning field, the interiors (all of them), the punishing weather of the Russian front, oh, there is no space to list them all. Just go experience it. You'll come back to it. If beauty has the power to reduce you to tears, you'll be back every year of your life.
In all seriousness this was a great movie. One could enjoy the honor and the bravery that men carried in those days.
If you enjoy a decent costume drama – with an emphasis on the costumes, you may enjoy this one. You may also just enjoy it as an outlier of late 70s cinema. In any event, it has its own charm and is worth your time provided you are in an expansive and forgiving mood.
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