Le drame de Sainte-Hélène 



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Pellegrin ... Napoléon
François Maistre François Maistre ... Général comte de Montholon
Jean-Pierre Kérien Jean-Pierre Kérien ... Grand maréchal Bertrand
Roger Crouzet Roger Crouzet ... Général baron Gourgaud
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Comte de Las Cases
Jean Larroquette Jean Larroquette ... Marchand (as Jean Laroquette)
Claude Dasset Claude Dasset ... Cipriani
Robert Destain Robert Destain ... Docteur Antommarchi
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... L'abbé Buonavita
Anne-Marie Coffinet Anne-Marie Coffinet ... Mme Bertrand
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Albine de Montholon
Michel Bouquet ... Sir Hudson Lowe
Jean Filliez Jean Filliez ... Colonel Remde
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ... Lieutenant Poppleton
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Docteur O'Meara


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His life began on an island and ended on another one.
7 September 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This one of the best MTV works of the absorbing series by historians Alain Decaux and André Castelot:the last years of Napoleon ,prisoner on his island ,precisely after Cockburn was replaced by Hudson Lowe in 1816.

Obviously,this portrayal is not neutral ,for we see the ex-emperor as a an embittered man,suffering morally and physically (he suffered from a stomach ulcer and finally died (probably)of a stomach cancer -and not poisoned as serialized novels buffs claim.Not neutral,because if Napoleon wrote his code,imposed the Franc as a currency,made France the most powerful country in Europa,he was also a dreadful warrior ,and responsible for the death of thousands of Young men -see the documents about the draft.

The movie is a long duel between a captive and his jailer.The choice of the two actors is close to perfect:Raymond Pellegrin had already played the part of Napoleon in Guitry's film (1955)and would do it again in Delannoy's "Venus Imperiale"(1962).In the first half ,Pellegrin portrays a man who is still hoping for a return ,proud ,hard on his French companions who put on a show of a court,and are always at each other 's throats ,struggling for the emperor's legacies,and abandoning him one by one ,replaced by undistinguished persons.In the last half ,Napoleon's face is almost a death mask and Pellegrin shines in every minute he is on the screen :dictating his memoirs ,his captivity bringing back memories of his son and wife (the selfish Marie-Louise) and his dear Josephine ( his famous last words were supposedly "army" and "Josephine") Matching him every step of the way is Michel Bouquet's sensational Hudson Lowe :straight-faced,apparently suave but full of hatred and contempt .Napoleon is denied the title of emperor (he's only a general).With Lowe's arrival ("Cockburn was a true soldier"),the prisoner is constantly being snubbed or put down by his jailer.

A minor detail:Lowe should have an English accent .

Napoleon often complained about the climate and the inclement weather:this lost island was foggy ,humid .Note that we never get out of the house where he lives.

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24 June 1961 (France) See more »

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