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Austerlitz (1960)

Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians.

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Abel Gance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Mondy ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Martine Carol ... Joséphine de Beauharnais
Claudia Cardinale ... Pauline Bonaparte
Leslie Caron ... Mlle de Vaudey
Vittorio De Sica ... Pope Pius VII
Elvire Popesco Elvire Popesco ... Laetitia Bonaparte
Jean Marais ... Carnot
Michel Simon ... Alboise
Orson Welles ... Robert Fulton
Georges Marchal ... Le maréchal Jean Lannes
Jack Palance ... Gen. Weirother
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Ségur fils
Rossano Brazzi ... Lucien Bonaparte
Jean Mercure Jean Mercure ... Talleyrand
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Elisa Bonaparte
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Another of Napoleon's adventures in this epic reconstruction of the battle of Austerlitz, where he had the greatest victory of his career, over the Russians. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Drama | History | War

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Language:

French

Release Date:

1960 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha de Austerlitz See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa # 55925 delivered on 1-12-1960. See more »

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In the scene in William Pitt's office in London which is set in the early 1800's, you can see in the background through the window the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, 60 years before they were built. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original French version runs longer than the English dubbed international one. It contains extra scenes including ones with Napoleon visiting his mistress and of Ségur (Jean-Louis Trintignant) imagining the coronation of the emperor for the palace staff. See more »

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Featured in Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti (1977) See more »

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Not the best movie about the Napoleonic wars
23 August 2018 | by luttensSee all my reviews

I watched the film twice, first its old version, then the restored one and I have to say I can not describe it easily with few words. I found it rather boring and slow paced, which is hardly the best way to depict one of the most important periods in world history, dominated by the paramount figure of Napoleon. I do not want to go into many details, so I shall limit myself with several remarks: The Russian military uniforms are awful and incorrect in many ways, especially the uniforms of the cossacks, which really made me laugh... There are too few extras to depict realistically such an important battle of the Napoleonic period. Several hundred infantrymen and cavalrymen simply can not achieve the effect, achieved for example by Sergei Bondarchuk in "War and peace", where he had 15 000 extras. The difference between the battle scenes in the two films is huge! The emperors of Russia and Austria, Aleksandr I and Franz I, as well as the key figures among their respective staffs, including Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov, are depicted in a rather grotesque and sneering way, which, I think, is not the right for a serious history movie. The cast is good. Pierre Mondy does a solid job portraying Napoleon, Jean Marais is a truly convincing Carnot, Claudia Cardinale is marvelous as always and Jack Palance is a credible Weyrother. As a conclusion: the film deserves to be watched once. After that everyone interested in the history of the Napoleonic wars should go on with "War and Peace' and "Waterloo".


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