The chapters in the life of Napoleon will lead you progressively through each stage
of his life: from the day he was born until the day he died. Our aim is to show that
life in the light of plain truth, i.e. stripped of legend and slander.
will highlight his exploits, his great common sense, the unbelievable
energy he devoted to improving the living conditions of people of
all races and religions; we will explain why, at the beginning of
this third millenium, the Emperor has become a true world hero.
societies thrive on five continents. Many publish reviews that
examine Napoleon from every possible angle. They not only organize
conventions, but pilgrimages and cruises to places made famous by
exhibitions proliferate in Canada and the United States and as far
away as Russia and Japan. The number of Napoleon
magazines in every language is constantly on the rise and books
and articles about the Emperor are being published a rate of more
than one a day.
bicentennial celebrations continue:
was the 200th anniversary of his birth, 1993 of the English expulsion
from Toulon; in 1996-1997, more than fifty cities and villages in
Italy organized major festivals to celebrate their liberation from
the Austrian yoke. Currently we are commemorating the achievements
of the golden age of the Consulate.
the University of Florida, students from every corner of the world
who devote the major part of their four-year study program to Napoleon.
Monuments have been erected to his glory, even by the descendants
of his adversaries. At Lobau Island on the Danube, Borodino on the
outskirts of Moscow and on the banks of Bérézina at
the spot where he broke his way through the vice of Russian forces
three times greater in number.
a week goes by without some television channel airing a documentary
or a movie about Napoleon. Two hundred full-length
motion pictures have already been made and right now a 6-hour epic
is being filmed, based on the masterpiece by Max Gallo. It will be released
simultaneously in English and in French, in the fall of 2002, in
a series of four 1hr and 30 min episodes. Christian Clavier will
play the part of Napoleon and Isabelle Rosselini will play Joséphine. The producer, Gérard
Depardieu, has chosen to be Fouché and has cast John Malkovich
in the role of Talleyrand. Didier Decoin wrote the screenplay and
Canadian Yves Simoneau is the director. The film should prove a
real triumph... if it presents the true Napoleon.
this passion? Quite
simply because men and women the world over, disoriented by the
all-pervasive violence that reigns today, are searching for a symbol,
a universal model of youth, strength and enthusiasm.
always sought peace and showed the ways to obtain it. If he did not succeed
in achieving this goal, it was because he was unfailingly too good
and generous toward the warmongers, whom he always forgave after
overcoming them. There is surely a lesson in this for the democratic
forces of today.