"Gladiator" director Ridley Scott will team up again with "Joker" Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, to play French military leader and emperor 'Napoleon':
new film is an original and personal look at Napoleon's origins and
his swift, ruthless climb to emperor, viewed through the prism of his
addictive and often volatile relationship with his wife and one true
"...against a backdrop of famous battles, relentless
ambition and an astounding strategic mind as a military leader..."
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the 'French Revolution' and its associated wars in Europe. As 'Napoleon I', he was 'Emperor' of the French from 1804 to 1815. His legal reform, the 'Napoleonic Code', has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best known for his role in wars led against France, by a series of coalitions, during the 'Napoleonic Wars'.
Napoleon spread the ideals of the French Revolution, while consolidating an imperial monarchy, restoring aspects of the deposed 'Ancien Régime'.
Due to his success in these wars, often against numerically superior enemies, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time, and his campaigns are studied at military academies worldwide.
Napoleon spent the last six years of his life in confinement by the British on the island of Saint Helena. An autopsy speculated he was a victim of arsenic poisoning.
There have been numerous films based on the life of "Napoleon", including "Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story" (1987), "Conquest" (1937)...
..."Desirée" (1954), "The Emperor's New Clothes (2001), "Napoleon at St. Helena" (1929), "The Story of Mankind" (1957), "Eagle in a Cage" (1972), "The Man of Destiny" (1973), "Hearts Divided" (1936), "Waterloo" (1970)...
..."Goya's Ghosts" (2006), "Love and Death" (1975), "The Battle of Austerlitz (1960), "The Purple Mask" (1955)...
..."Monsieur N." (2003), "Napoleon and Love" (1974), "Le souper" (1992) and "Sabotage!" (2000).
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