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Napoleon And Love - The Complete Series [DVD] [1974]

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  • Actors: Veronica Lang, Edward De Souza, Billie Whitelaw, Ian Holm, T.P. McKenna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVX7Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,300 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All nine episodes of the 1970s historical drama series following the life and loves of Napoleon Bonaparte (Ian Holm). An unemployed general at the age of 25, Napoleon falls for the charms of Desiree Clary (Karen Dotrice), but is deemed unsuitable by her wealthy parents. Relocating to Paris, Napoleon's career flourishes, and, along with new found wealth and prestige, he soon finds himself in the orbit of a certain Josephine Beauharnais (Billie Whitelaw). Episodes comprise: 'Rose', 'Josephine', 'Pauline', 'Georgina', 'Eleonore', 'Maria Walewska', 'Maria Luisa', 'Louise' and 'The End of Love'.

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Production qualities are not the best, but it is 1974. Funny but Ian Holms plays Napoleon in 'The Emperors New Clothes' and it is like he doesn't skip a beat even though it is like 3 decades between productions. Saying that, Ian Holms really does a great job with Napoleon Boneparte. He is such a good actor and timeless. The other members of the cast seem datable but him, his is good work.
The uniforms and costumes are fantastic, even though they seem to alternate Napoleons green uniform for his blue one to make sure you don't get mixed up with scenes. Saying that, they do add weight to him over the years and add little touches such as giving him the knee covering boots by Waterloo which he didn't wear in 1805. The good news is this production does not focus on the battles. Waterloo is covered but don't blink. This production covers the women and you could say behind the scenes of the Napoleonic period.
This is a valuable resource for any Napoleonic buff who wants to know more than just dates, battles and politicians. This makes Napoleon less of a 2 dimensional character and more of a man in a time of change. Napoleon is seen as a dictator by some but we tend to judge him from perhaps the British point of view and our own interpretation of history. We have to remember that models of government that we follow today where only in the infancy and Napoleon was not experimenting, he had a plan and he thought he was doing it right.
Never the less a good overall production and I enjoyed it very much. If you are into Napoleon, it is a must.
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My dear noble-hearted parents doubtless thought - quite rightly - that this series was too racy for a ten-year old, so I never saw it when it first came out, but I was aware of its existence. In particular, I had read that it was the first of three times Sir Ian Holm has played Napoleon. I was familiar with the other two: his hilarious cameo in the great Time Bandits and his moving performance in the quirky but beautiful The Emperor's New Clothes, both of which I also recommend very strongly. So, finding out about the DVD by accident, I jumped at the chance of completing the trilogy. I started watching with low expectations, because the title, and the string-laden music over the opening credits, suggested a soapy romantic drama. I was therefore delighted to discover that it was a sincere attempt at serious historical biography salted with a wonderfully cynical sense of humour. Philip Mackie's script is incredibly well-researched, especially by the standards of recent historical scriptwriting, but he wears that research lightly, never lapsing into pedantry. The Thames Television production values are much better than their BBC equivalents of the time. Of course, the whole thing is structured to avoid big battle scenes and the like, but a lot is made of a little in some pleasant location shots, the sets are magnificent, and the costumes, especially the uniforms, are spot-on: there are moments when one feels one is watching a David painting come to life. Yet the real triumph is in the casting. Holm gives us a wholly credible Napoleon, a man whose brisk confidence in his public life hides a desperate need for affection in his private life. Whatever one's view of Napoleon as soldier and statesman, it is hard not to sympathise with someone incapable of communicating that he just wants to be loved.Read more ›
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If you like anything about Napoleon Bonaparte then you will enjoy this it shows that Napoleon was Human and not a monster and Ian Holm plays a great Napoleon from the age of 25 to his early fourtys and concedering that Ian Holm himself at the time was in fact in his early to mid fourtys shows what a talented actor he is. The only down side I have to say about it is that the series did not show more about his family in the series you only meet his brother Joesphe and his sister Caroline why didn't we see his other two sisters Eliza and Pauline (By all accounts his favroute and most loyal sister) or even his younger brothers Lucien, Lousie and Jerome two of them are mentioned but we never see them nor do you ever meet his mother.
But despite this it is an enjoyable series.
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