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The Emperor's New Clothes

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2001
  • Alan Taylor
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period comedy starring Ian Holm in dual roles. Loyal followers of the exiled emperor Napoleon hire a lookalike to stay in St Helena, while the real one secretly journeys to Paris in order to take back the throne. Things get complicated when the impostor takes a shine to the life of luxury, and Napoleon falls for a commoner.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Adapted from Simon Leys's novel The Death of Napoleon, this period comedy recalls the offbeat charm of director Alan Taylor's debut study of outsiders in extremis, Palookaville. But while it's undoubtedly literate and nimbly executed, it lacks the brio to match its conceit. Ian Holm revels in the dual role of the deposed emperor striving to regain his throne and the lookalike he's left in St Helena to disguise his flight. There are plenty of smiles as he treks across Europe, but once he reaches Paris and becomes enamoured of feisty melon-seller Iben Hjejle, the slick revisionism descends into historical cornball.

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Credits

Cast

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Napoleon Bonaparte / Eugene LenormandIan Holm
Pumpkin Iben Hjejle
Dr LambertTim McInnerny
MontholonNigel Terry
BertrandHugh Bonneville
AntommarchiMurray Melvin
MarchandEddie Marsan
Sgt Justin BommelClive Russell
GerardTom Watson

Crew

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DirectorAlan Taylor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathé
Released on
2004-01-30
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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