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Napoléon II, l'aiglon (1961)

Napoleon II aka L'Aiglon took his broken wings and tried to fly ...all his short life..


Claude Boissol




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Verley ... Napoleon II, Herzog von Reichstadt
Danièle Gaubert ... Thérèse Pêche
Jean Marais ... General de Montholon
François Maistre François Maistre ... Fürst Metternich
Marianne Koch ... Kaiserin Marie Louise
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Gustav von Neipperg
Georges Marchal ... Le général Gustav von Neipperg
Jean-Marc Thibault ... Napoléon
Liliane Patrick Liliane Patrick ... La Camerata
René Dary ... Erzieher des Herzogs
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Esterhazy
Paul Hubschmid ... Prokesch
Josef Meinrad ... Kaiser Franz I von Österreich
Anthony Stuart Anthony Stuart ... L'ambassadeur de Great Britain
Paul Cambo ... L'ambassadeur de France


Napoleon the Second, L'Aiglon, was a prisoner.And in a prison you can't escape from cause your jail is your own-Austrian - family.He underwent a brainwashing: he had to forget everything from the French language to his Tuileries memories.His dream was to come back to his native France where he had kept many supporters ready to help him to regain his father Napoleon 's throne.But his poor health never gave him any respite .He went from his cradle to the grave at 21.His political role was to serve as Metternich's scarecrow, to keep Europa at bay. Written by dbdumonteil

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1 November 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Il re di Roma, Aquila imperiale See more »

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Films Matignon See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.56 (1961) See more »

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Great cast for a low budget costume stinker
5 March 2009 | by branikiSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to watch this rather unknown historical tale. Especially when I saw on the packaging of the old tape I came across that there would be no less than Jean Marais, George Marchal and Jean Pierre Cassel as supportive actors for what was about to be an ambitious film adaptation of the short lived heir of the Emperor Napoleon.

Alas! they all do some short appearances and the whole thing has to be born on the poor Bernard Verley's shoulders. The uncharismatic young actor can hardly deliver a line without wining (even if it has to be typical of the character). You just can't wait to see him die, which takes more than 100 minutes to happen, by the way. All in all, production values are pretty lame in spite of the fact that most of the film was shot in some genuine historical settings, which ARE really impressive but don't do the trick though.

Sacha Gutiry would probably have done something interesting out of this subject. Dialogues establish historical facts, but no humanity actually comes out of this poorly done puppet play. Hardely good enough to make a decent TV movie of the 60s. Even colors are not so good (maybe the copy I watched was to blame). Not much recommended... only to go to sleep maybe.

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