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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 1:48 p.m. PST

I'm sure we did this a loooong time ago on TMP, but I can't find it.
And since I'm interested in watching something entertaining, I thought a poll was my solution.


We're looking for dramatic films with actors in period settings, costumes, and scenes of dialogue, no matter if they get things "wrong." I'm not wanting to learn the facts about Napoleon, I'm wanting to be entertained by a story. Sure, a good documentary can be great, but that's not the agenda of this poll. This is about entertainment, not education. We'll do a separate poll for documentaries.

Having said all that, have at it, gentlemen (and gentle ladies)!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 4:06 p.m. PST

Waterloo, followed by an old TV piece, "Eagle in a Cage" from 1965. NOT to be confused with the 1972 movie.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Nov 2022 5:43 p.m. PST


Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 6:54 p.m. PST

The Duel. One of the best.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 9:59 p.m. PST


Martin Rapier25 Nov 2022 12:08 a.m. PST

The Duellists.

The original BBC TV Production of War and Peace from the 1970s.

Master and Commander

The TV series of Hornblower, rather than the Hollywood film.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 6:40 a.m. PST


Hands down. Possibly the best and most accurate movie about a particular battle. (Which I realize isn't relevant to the criteria, but still!)

SBminisguy25 Nov 2022 8:25 a.m. PST

A few mentions for:

Kutuzov (1943) pretty amazing that the Soviets were able to film a big Napoleonic epic in the middle of WW2! Oh, and this Russian version of Napoleon was played by a stocky, kinda tallish actor…

Battle of Austerlitz (1960)

War & Peace (1965)

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 4:36 p.m. PST

Most entertaining by a Russian mile, musical comedy, premiered on the 150th anniversary of Borodino, inspired by the real life story of Nadezhda Durova:
Hussar Ballad (1962)
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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2022 6:15 p.m. PST

In addition to the other versions mentioned, I also enjoy:
War and Peace (BBC, 2016)

Haven't seen the Beeb's 1972 one yet, just ordered that DVD!

14Bore26 Nov 2022 4:26 p.m. PST

For me Master and Commander
Then War And Peace 1965
Only saw The Duelists once sadly
Waterloo I always though a bit over acted but gets good review by History Buffs on YouTube did watch it last June.

14Bore26 Nov 2022 4:49 p.m. PST

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Kutuzov 1943

I have seen snippets at least because remember actors,

14Bore27 Nov 2022 6:37 a.m. PST

On Kutuzov, the actors look their part but been doing Napoleonic combat all wrong, your flag bearer charges by himself towards the enemy then after he is 100 paces in front everyone else runs like a herd of cattle towards the enemy. Wonder how they found hundreds or percussion cap muskets in 1943

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2022 11:21 p.m. PST

"The Emperor's New Clothes". Ian Holm as Napoleon. A wonderful "What If…?" story, brilliantly scripted, acted, directed. link

From the Amazon listing: " Napoleon Bonaparte defeated, powerless, and exiled to the island of St. Helena to live out the rest of his life in lonely, faded isolation. Or was he? This whimsical, captivating, romantic comedy presents a decidedly different version of the events that shaped the course of history! Determined to retake the crown, Napoleon swaps places with Eugene Lenormand, a look-alike commoner. But Napoleon's journey back to Paris takes more twists and turns than ever imagined. Meanwhile, Lenormand finds his glamorous new role much too rewarding to ever admit the deception! So, while France's famed leader struggles to adapt to the simple life of a commoner, the once-lowly Lenormand takes his newfound "stardom" to laugh-provoking new heights. Acclaimed actor Ian Holm (ALIEN) gives a bravura dual performance as both Napoleon and Lenormand in this delightful comedy of swapped roles and mistaken identities."

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2022 3:54 p.m. PST

Master & Commander and The Duellists.

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