An international scholarly online history journal on First and Second Empire subjects: articles, bibliographies, book reviews, in english and in french


Magazine and News is a place where, every day, we bring you not only what’s going on in the Napoleonic world and interviews with those leading Napoleonic history today, but we also offer you Napoleonic pastimes, entertainments, and even recipes. Enjoy!

Latest updates :

Fashion : Women's underwear during the First Empire
Musique et parole : An introduction to First Empire music
Bon appetit! : Turkey in the form of a turtle
anglegauche angledroit


 1960 to the present day

  •  MADAME SANS-GENE, by Christian-Jaque - 1961

 Country : France / Spain / Italy

 Medium : Colour

 Duration : 100'

 Video : Éditions Montparnasse - 1989

 Production : Ciné Alliance / Agata Films / G.E.S.I Cinematografica

 Scenario : Jean Ferry and Christian-Jaque

 Screenplay : Henri Jeanson

 Music : Angelo Francisco Lavagnino

 Director of photography : Roberto Gerardi

 Plot : Marshal Lefebvre, an old soldier of the Republic, is amongst the troops which have taken the Tuileries. Despite his prestige he allows himself to henpecked by his fiancée Catherine, previously a washer woman whose difficult character is equalled only by her irreverence towards high-ranking State officers.

 Cast : Julien Bertheau (Napoleon) ; Sophia Loren (Catherine) ; Robert Hossein (Lefebvre) ; Amalia Gade (Caroline) ; Renaud Mary ; Léa Gray

 Extract : « Catherine. - I was the one who washed your clothes when you were a mere lieutenant.
Napoleon. - In the Hôtel des patriotes hollandais ?
Catherine. - That's it. Go on. Now we're getting somewhere. You remember me, don't you ?
Napoleon. - It's not Madame Sans-Gêne, is it ?
Catherine. - Bonaparte ! »

 Review : A refreshing, unpretentious film with splendid, lively performances by Sophia Loren, Robert Hossein and Julien Bertheau (as an excellent Napoleon). The director Christian-Jaque, who ten years earlier had made the famous film Fanfan la Tulipe with Gérard Philipe in the title role, made his return to a genre which clearly he enjoyed and in which he excelled. Moreau and Sardou's original is carefully respected, although historical accuracy is less so. But the main point of the film is fun, and as such, it is a great success.



Back to the home page

Return to the top section




Top of the page

Bulletin | My | Site Map | Contact us | Add to your favourites | Legal | ISSN 2272-1800