Posted 31 March 2003 - 04:56 PM
Posted 31 March 2003 - 05:52 PM
Talleyrand must have been an amazing charater--he not only served but prospered under the ancient regine, the Revolution, Bonapart, the Restoration, and the July Monarchy. Seems like a role Malkovich was born to play--but so are a lot of others. He is a sublime actor.
Two other stars of the film that would cause me to tune in are Isabella Rossellini and Anouk Aimee.
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Posted 01 April 2003 - 01:10 AM
I haven't seen that film (actually it was done for TV, not for cinema), but it didn't get very good reviews here. One problem might be that here Christian Clavier is known mostly for his over-the-top comical roles (myself I don't care for it) so it looked like a strange choice. And Depardieu, well... he must have many taxes to pay, considering the films he's played in lately.
Posted 01 April 2003 - 02:13 AM
Posted 01 April 2003 - 04:19 AM
Posted 01 April 2003 - 02:05 PM
And Depardieu, well... he must have many taxes to pay, considering the films he's played in lately.
Posted 01 April 2003 - 02:30 PM
Posted 01 April 2003 - 07:43 PM
Well, perhaps you have heard about Napoleon's famous sentence to Talleyrand, "vous êtes de la merde dans un bas de soie" (you are sh.. in a silk stocking)- it was said in 1808 because Talleyrand because he was doing some secret plots with Russia and Austria
Prince Metternich, the ultra-conservative foreign minister of Austria, is played by Julian Sands, an actor who brings a certain edginess and intensity to most roles he takes on. Just the scenes (I assume there are some) between him and Malkovich as Talleyrand would make it worthwhile to tune in.
Thank you, Old Fashioned--this is the kind of thing that I usually notice long after it has been shown.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 02:46 PM
I caught about 45 minutes of it--some of it was quite compelling, especially Malkovich as Talleyrand. The domestic scenes between Napolean and Josephine were a bit much, but I would be pleased to see and hear Isabella Rossellini recite the alphabet.
I had trouble with the extreme cleanliness of it all, especially the battle scenes. It may have been done to show its opposite during the Grand Army's retreat from Moscow, although that is yet to be shown. However the idea of everyone in parade ground uniforms with all buttons buttoned and neckclothes in place after losing a desert war (the Egypt campaign, when Nelson burned his fleet at the Nile) was just too strange.
I won't be able to see the conclusion tonight, but A&E may show if another 20 or 30 times in the near future.
Posted 09 April 2003 - 08:04 PM
Posted 10 April 2003 - 01:08 AM
About Napoleon: I remember that in Gilberte Cournand's "Beauté de la danse", the first book about dance I have ever read (I was 9 or 10), there were some excerpts of a book of memories of a ballet master who taught Napoleon and Marie-Louise, I don't remember the details but it was quite funny (and Napoleon didn't seem to be a good dancer ;) )
Posted 10 April 2003 - 02:48 AM
Maybe the writers of the screenplay had read the account of the dancing-master, and that could have affected the selection of Clavier as the title character!
Posted 13 April 2003 - 11:02 PM
Of course, this graffiti really is just a footnote in history compared to the incredible beauty, grandeur and general magnificence of the whole Luxor/Valley of the Kings area.
P.S. In case you hadn't noticed, I would truly reccomend a visit to Egypt (and to Israel - while you're in the area)
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