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Stanley Kubrick Napoleon

The maximum motion picture by no means Made here's Kubrick's screenplay for the by no means made film.


"After the good fortune of 2001, Kubrick deliberate a large-scale biographical movie approximately Napoleon Bonaparte. He performed learn, learn books in regards to the French Emperor, and wrote a initial screenplay. With assistance from assistants, he meticulously created a card catalog of the locations and deeds of Napoleon's internal circle in the course of its operative years. Kubrick scouted destinations, making plans to movie huge parts of the movie on position in France, and within the united kingdom studios. He was once additionally going to movie the conflict scenes in Romania, the place he enlisted the aid of the Romanian military, which gave Kubrick 40,000 squaddies, and 10,000 cavalrymen to movie the conflict scenes with paper costumes. In a talk with the British movie Institute, Kubrick's brother-in-law Jan Harlan, said that on the time the movie was once approximately to enter creation, David Hemmings was once Kubrick's favourite option to play Napoleon, and Audrey Hepburn used to be his favourite option to play Josephine. In notes to his monetary backers, preserved within the Kubrick data, Kubrick informed them he used to be uncertain how his Napoleon movie might prove, yet that he anticipated to create "the most sensible motion picture ever made."

Ultimately, the venture used to be canceled for the prohibitive expense of situation filming, the Western unencumber of Sergei Bondarchuk's epic movie model of Leo Tolstoy's novel battle and Peace (1968), and the economic failure of Bondarchuk's Napoleon-themed movie Waterloo (1970). a lot of Kubrick's historic learn may impression Barry Lyndon (1975), the storyline of which ends up in 1789, approximately 15 years earlier than the Napoleonic Wars begun. As overdue as 1987, Kubrick acknowledged that he had now not given up at the undertaking, declaring that he had learn nearly 500 books at the old determine and that he was once confident movie valuable of the topic had no longer but appeared."

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CHARLES Yes, sir, I had the honor of meeting them on the trip from Paris. They nod, politely. NAPOLEON Captain Charles, I believe you are one of General Le Clerc's aides-decamp. CHARLES Yes, sir, I am. NAPOLEON Was it he who assigned you to command the escort which accompanied Madame Bonaparte's coach? CHARLES Yes, sir. There is a pause. Napoleon studies Charles. NAPOLEON Was the trip normal in every respect? CHARLES Yes, sir. NAPOLEON Did any difficulties of any kind arise during the trip? CHARLES No, sir, none at all.

Not Napoleon. INT. NAPOLEON'S OFFICE IN MURAD BEY MANSION - NIGHT But Napoleon is at work. He has taken over a large room, grouped several tables into an L-shape, and has made it into an office. He is seated before the usual 2-foot-high stack of dispatches, letters, memorandums and reports, which follow him everywhere. We hear the continuation of the music from the previous scene. Napoleon, in an angry and irritable mood, is dictating to Bourrienne. NAPOLEON (dictating) Must you, too, take this opportunity during my absence to indulge the petty jealousies of the Bonaparte family?

I will lead you into the must fruitful plains in the world -- rich provinces and great cities shall be your possessions, and then you will have wealth, honor and fame in full measure. ANIMATED MAP Start of the 1st Italian campaign. NARRATOR With the Italian campaign, Napoleon steps onto the stage as a figure of European importance. A dozen victories in as many months would be announced in dramatic and highly colored bulletins. The battles of the revolution had been so far mainly defensive. Now, there was revealed a new kind of offensive warfare such as had not been seen in Europe for centuries.

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