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ConnaughtRanger21 Nov 2021 11:38 a.m. PST

For those completists out there, I came across this 1962 film (I may have bought the last one on Amazon). A young and very lovely Sophia Loren stars as a lowly washerwoman caught up on the Revolution and an early acquaintance of Bonaparte. She too rises up the ranks to become the wife of a (?) General/Marshal. Looks good but there is no English soundtrack or subtitles so it relied on my 1975 A Level French. I think I might be taking this hobby too far?

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2021 1:08 p.m. PST

Link/ source…?
Not bad for a modest Italian, but wait, theres more…

Yes I do the 'social' as much as the military. You cannot understand the actions unless you understand the environment.

Meeting the hereditary Prince Napoleon at Les Invalides and Baron Gourgaud at dinner were certainly highlights of my time in Paris. No selfies tho, sorry.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2021 1:18 p.m. PST

Interesting. I looked it up. Apparently it's a remake of a 1925 film with Gloria Swanson in the title role.

Gazzola22 Nov 2021 8:16 a.m. PST

It looks like the actress has played roles on both sides, with her other Napoleonic one being a Spanish character in The Pride and the Passion. The Pride and the Passion was incredibly historically if not comically inaccurate, but still entertaining as a period film. And I guess, considering there's not that many French Revolutionary/Napoleonic themed ones about we should, to a certain degree, be grateful and try to enjoy them.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2021 9:49 a.m. PST

I recall seeing The Pride and the Passion many years ago. My only impression was that it seemed to go on forever.

von Winterfeldt22 Nov 2021 11:44 a.m. PST

Yes, the wife of François Joseph Lefebvre, her name was Catherine Hübscher (hübsch means pretty in German).

Though she was not the original Madame Sans-Gêne.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2021 2:37 p.m. PST

>>It looks like the actress has played roles on both sides,

I've seen many more sides to an actress… whats not to enjoy in SL talents?

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