Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1954
AuthorsKoster, Henry
Running Time1h 50m
Distributor20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

In this romance movie, directed by Henry Koster, the young French millinery clerk Désirée Clary, living in Marseilles in 1794, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte, but winds up wedding General Jean-Baptiste Berandotte, an aid to Napoleon who later changes sides and joins the Allied forces in 1810 to led the Swedish forces. Instead of Désirée, Josephine Beauharnais, a worldly courtesan marries Napoleon and becomes Empress of France, but is in 1810 cast aside by her spouse because she proves unable to produce an heir to the throne. Désirée stays in contact with Napoleon until his exile on St. Helena and still loves him. Napoleon is played in this movie by Marlon Brando, jean Simmons stars as Désirée.

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