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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 3:29 a.m. PST

I have just watched the French film 'The Emperor of Paris' about an underworld character named Vidoqc. (He is a real historical character so if you have never heard of him do not Google him to find out his fate or you will spoil the suspense.)It is set in or about 1809 in Paris. The story itself is entertaining but it is the historical detail which is so impressive. Paris looks realistically squalid, clothing looks realistic (everyone wears hats, even the hero) and the uniforms are superb. There is one of the best recreations of Napoleon's Chasseur escort I have ever seen. Other little details such as the Garde de Paris guarding Fouche's HQ are impressive and one of the main characters is a captain in the 5th Hussars with a superb representation of his uniform. Though there are no battlefields the fights are realistic with misfiring flintlocks and no multiple firing pistols. If you fire one, you had better reload or pick up another! There are plenty of ideas for scenarios using 'Sharpe Practice' or 'En Garde'.

All in all, highly recommended. Just wallow in the detail!


BillyNM12 Oct 2019 5:34 a.m. PST

What language is it in? Ideally I'd like French with English subtitles. I can't find any reference on Amazon about language and the only trailers I can find are French without subtitles.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 5:43 a.m. PST

It is French with English sub-titles.

BillyNM12 Oct 2019 6:18 a.m. PST

Great, I have ordered a copy!

Garde de Paris12 Oct 2019 6:54 a.m. PST

I hope this is an YouTube intro for the film:

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In one scene, it appears a 5th Hussar is on top of a man, pummeling him with his fists. Another shows a civilian limping past the Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde escort.

We any men's hats of the period made with a wide top as shown. I seem to recall them narrow at the top, like a cone worn at the head, truncated at the top.

The whole background would be work the price!


Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

Yes, that is the film. I think the hats are about right on the civilians. In the film some have the narrow top and some the broad, accurate for a period of change.

And the uniforms …

BorisTheSpider12 Oct 2019 3:53 p.m. PST

There was another movie about the same character, "Dark Portals".

ConnaughtRanger13 Oct 2019 1:31 p.m. PST

Quite cheap in Sainsbury's at the moment. It looks great – very atmospheric. The story is very "French". There are English sub-titles but I'm always surprised how much French I remember almost 50 years after my O Level!

StarCruiser13 Oct 2019 9:26 p.m. PST

On the hats – yes – the "Top Hat" was already well established by that time:


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2019 11:23 a.m. PST

Undoubtedly but I guess the issue was whether the broader top was correct for the First Empire. The top narrower than the headband, with a ribbon around the base and a buckle on the front, I tend to associate with the Revolution, Consulate and Early Empire. They did evolve, as did many a fashion for the gents (eg the bicorne relative proportions, front and back, when worn athwart the head). I have to admit this wide I tend to think of Les Mis, so maybe add two decades, or else a real trend setter!

The main thing was the carriages seem to have C springs, which is very rare in modern media. Elliptical spring suspension always upsets me.

I saw this in Sainsbury's only yesterday and laughed. This might well change my mind pronto….thanks

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2019 4:22 p.m. PST

"Putain! Enfin un film qui n'est pas une comedie bon marché ou un drame romantico-familial à la noix ou sur l'importance du vivre ensemble ou ce genre de conneries!"

That's probably enough to recommend it!

A prisoner from 'the hulks', escapes to Paris and does the dirty work of others, building his reputation by 'cancelling' various contracts and 'problems' along the way… very good CGI by looks.

>>Another shows a civilian limping past the Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde<<
That's the title character…

Those Chasseurs aren't the GR are they? Cool

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