Condition: 100% brand new with Deluxe packing
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Chinese, English ( Removable)
Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
Region Code: All Code : US/UK/Asia/Europe
Starring (Main Casts):Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons
Synopsis:This curious variation on history would be of the utmost inanity if it weren't for the leading players, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, who somehow contrive to play it like a drawing room comedy, and between them give the picture a charminig playfulness. Brando is a marvelous Napoleon, the one one in film with the streak of humor that so many historical anecdotes record. Simmons, who seems to be able to salvage any role she attempts, makes Desiree undeniably desireable, and charming as well."
When the film came out, columnist Walter Winchell wrote "Jean Simmons'ravishing beauty steals Desiree from Brando's Napoleon." The month it reviewed Desiree, Photoplay magazine awarded the Best Actor and Best Actress designations for that month to Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.
Marlon Brando's performance manages to capture the historical idea of Napoleon very well- the great intensity of his personality, the underlying brilliance and insatiable ambition. Napoleon is both repellent and fascinating at the same time. One can understand how, at his best, he hypnotized almost the whole of Europe. But he is perfidious also, dismissive of the death and destruction he caused on his way to accomplish his aims. Really, the character of Napoleon and Marlon Brando's rendition of it is the only reason to watch this film. Jean Simmons' Desiree is lovely and winsome. One wonders what Napoleon and Bernadotte saw in her. Michael Rennie's performance is very good in his role as Bernadotte, and he is not overshadowed at all by the strength of Brando's performance. His scenes with Napoleon are wonderful. Until something better comes along [unlikely...] this is the one to watch for a period piece about Napoleon