Short, Drama, History · 1 October 1909
It would be an impossibility even in three reels to give the complete history of this most wonderful man. In presenting this picture we have selected a few only of the best-known and most famous scenes in his life. Commencing the story with a summer evening at Malmaison we see in progress one of the most magnificent fetes of the kind that took place only in France, during the height of Bonaparte's power, and at which are present Napoleon and Josephine. Following this is the well-known scene when Napoleon on his rounds discovers a sentry asleep behind a haystack, takes up the latter's gun and continues his duties to the astonishment of the soldier when he awakes. We next come to the Battle of Austerlitz and the incident of the guard who was decorated by Napoleon for refusing to allow him to pass without the watchword. The battle itself is shown very vividly in all its varying phases. The following scenes show the little King of Rome; Napoleon endeavoring to compel the Pope to sign an agreement annulling the latter's temporal power; the abdication of Napoleon and his subsequent farewell to his guards. Then follow scenes in connection with his imprisonment in St. Helena and finally his death in May, 1821. The film is staged with the greatest accuracy as to detail in costume and setting. The magnificence of some of the scenes is marvelous, and where practicable the pictures have been taken on the spot. For instance, Napoleon bids farewell to his guards at Fontainebleu Castle, where the event actually happened.
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