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Napoleon

Ridley Scott | 2023 | 158 MINS
USA
Awards Pick

The film takes a personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte's origins, and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor viewed through the prism of his addictive, and often volatile, relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.

★★★★★ Guardian / Telegraph /Screen International

In Detail

‘Napoleon’ is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the chequered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix. Ridley Scott dispenses with the symbolic weight attached to previous biopics in favour of a spectacle with a great star at its centre.

Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte's relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine (Vanessa Kirby), showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed.

The cast also includes Rupert Everett as the 1st Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesly, Tahar Rahim (‘A Prophet’) as French politician Paul Barras and Ludivine Sagnier (‘Swimming Pool’) as the noblewoman and socialite Theresa Cabarrus.

"Ridley Scott – the Wellington of cinema – has created an outrageously enjoyable cavalry charge of a movie, a full-tilt biopic of two and a half hours in which Scott doesn’t allow his troops to get bogged down mid-gallop in the muddy terrain of either fact or metaphysical significance, the tactical issues that have defeated other film-makers." - Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)

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