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The Emperor’s Darling - Joséphine de Beauharnais

52' (ENG, GER, FRE), 45' (GER)
Josephine de Beauharnais was Napoleon's Empress, his muse and his great love. It is next to impossible to imagine him without her or her without him.

She survived the death sentence of insurgency and a bomb attack. Her weapons were her razor-sharp mind, her good taste and her body. Josephine de Beauharnais held the love of one of the Europe’ greatest Generals. Napoleon was the great destroyer of the old system of rule, the nefarious warrior whose campaigns resulted in the death of millions and devastations in various regions around Europe. As Emperor and legislator, he spearheaded an administrative reform that initiated a new order and she was his strongest ally.

Buried within French archives and embedded within private collections is priceless information that can cast a new perspective on the life of the historical figure, Josephine. Hundreds of letters, long thought to be lost, have allowed us to reveal the true life of the clandestine Empress. Through a narrative account of her biography, the film presents a comprehensive yet historically contextualized understanding of the escapades of the illusive Josephine de Beauharnais.
Original Title: Napoleons verstoßene Liebe – Joséphine de Beauharnais
Year: 2018
Length: 52' (ENG, GER, FRE), 45' (GER)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Matthias Unterburg
Produced by: doc station, ZDF, arte

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