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Napoleon's Legendary Spy

52' (ENG, GER, FRE)

Karl Ludwig Schulmeister - a true supporter of the emperor, a real Bonapartist, a minister’s son with a longstanding career as a smuggler.

He was an Austrian double agent who was responsible for conquering cities and spearheading a battle that led to the destruction of the Roman Empire. While he was acting chief policeman in Vienna, he was an escaped fugitive being hunted for under other aliases - his tricks and skills in the art of disguise were legendary! But nowadays controversy circles his story – was he a national hero or a traitor? The debate continues. The story of "Monsieur Charles" - Napoleon’s Legendary Spy.

For a 'man of the people', previously unimaginable opportunities opened up during the Napoleonic era following the French Revolution. Karl Ludwig Schulmeister emerged as a master spy, became a major player, and was even able to withstand Napoleon’s downfall. He was a soldier of fortune and a dyed-in-the-wool loyal Bonapartist.

Schulmeister’s stint as a smuggler led him into the world of espionage.  His knowledge of the German terrain, persuasiveness and ability to be sly allowed him to grow swiftly in the ranks. Despite having to flee Austria as a convicted felon, he rose to the position of Commissar General of the Police in the country where he took refuge. He might have worn a uniform for most of his life but he was involved in many criminal activities.
Original Title: Napoleons Meisterspion - Carl Ludwig Schulmeister
Year: 2017
Length: 52' (ENG, GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Gerald Enders, Ute Bönnen
Produced by: doc.station, ZDF, arte

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