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CINEMA

 1920-1940

  •  CONQUEST, by Clarence Brown - 1937

Marie Walewska
(Greta Garbo)
and Napoleon (Charles Boyer)
© MGM / BIFI

Marie Walewska
(Greta Garbo)
and Napoleon (Charles Boyer)
© MGM / BIFI

 Country : USA

 Medium : Black and white

 Duration : 107'

 Video : MGM Home Video / Film Office - 1990

 Production : Bernard H. Hyman / MGM Corporation

 Scenario : Samuel Hoffenstein and Salka Viertel

 Screenplay : S. N. Behrman

 Music : Herbert Stothart

 Director of photography : Karl Freund

 Plot : As Napoleon was crossing Poland to reach Warsaw a young woman was waiting for him on the roadside. Her name was Marie Walewska. This meeting was crucial for the capital of Poland and ·for the life of the conqueror of Europe.

 Cast : Charles Boyer (Napoleon) ; Greta Garbo (Marie Walewska) ; Henry Stephenson (Comte Walewski) ; Reginald Owen (Talleyrand) ; Alan Marshal (Captain d'Ornano) ; Leif Erikson (Paul Lachinski) ; Henry C. Gordon

 Extract : « Alexandre Walewski. - Mother, where is that man going ?
Marie Walawska. - Onto the ship.
Alexandre Walewski. - And after that ?
Marie Walewska. - Hush, Alexandre. He must follow his star. Let us pray that it leads him to peace. »

 Review : No use looking for an authentic historical reconstruction in this Hollywood blockbuster, the events surrounding the end of Napoleon's reign serve as a pretext for a love story between Napoleon and his Polish wife. But don't let that spoil your enjoyment of a film with excellent scenery and costumes and the legendary encounter of Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer. With the two actors both trying to outdo each other in ingenuity in order to give life to a very poor scenario and helped by images of great quality, the film is (just about) worth seeing.

 

 
 
 

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