Waterloo (I) (1970)

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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.


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28 November 2004 | rattusnorvidicus
A timeless classic
There can be no denying that this is a great film to watch.

Pure historians may dispair at some inaccuracies, although in a previous review I notice that a reviewer has made a few mistakes of his own! Air burst shells were quite the norm in fact the RHA were firing over the heads of the British troops at Hugomont the shells exploding over the French, these balls were hollow in nature and fused, in addition to this (although not seen in the film) were the RHA's rockets, which although forbidden by Wellington, were also fired of lierally. A feature I like which is included but wrong are the cannons shown in infantry squares firing at the advancing French cavalry and the troops then closing rank again to fend of the attackers. At the time of making it was still widely believed this happened.

A fair chunk of the story derives from Victor Hugo's descriptions of the battle which in turn were wrong. Bottom line is that I was a much younger man when the movie first came out and it fostered a great interest in finding out more. I feel it is a timeless 'film of its time'. Naturally a re-make would be a wonderful thing in todays modern world but the original does convey some of the depth, noise and smoke of the day.

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There has been a myth that a Russian version of this film ran for almost four hours. According to an article written by the film's editor and associate producer Richard C. Meyer, the longest cut is the 132 minute version. This has been confirmed by Vladimir Dostal, the film's first assistant director and later the head of Mosfilm in Moscow. Dostal says that they only have the 132m version in their vaults and no longer 4 hour version ever existed. The myth may derive from an earlier part of Meyer's article when he states that the rough cut was four hours long, which was not unusual for a film of this scope and scale, but after much discussion the present length was agreed on. He also says he, stupidly, didn't make a dupe of this rough cut, a usual process in post production. So this 'cut' will never see the light of day. It is clear from the cast list that many characters were cut. The film was planned as a Road Show release, but by 1970, the practice had lost favor with the studios. Columbia Pictures also shortened Cromwell (1970) for the same reason. Richard Heffer who plays a major featured role in the film says the script as filmed was much longer than the film that came out and that many of the cast had huge chunks of their roles deleted.


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Duke of Wellington: You really are the best of my generals.


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Many of the soldiers are shown wearing their packs whilst in battle. No soldier would go to battle encumbered with their pack unless they had been surprised.


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According to an article written by the film's editor and associate producer Richard C. Meyer, the longest version is the 132 minute version. This has been confirmed by Vladimir Dorsal, the film's First Assistant and later the head of Mosfilm in Moscow. He says that they only have the 132m version in their vaults and no longer 4 hours version ever existed. The myth may derive from an earlier part of Meyer's article when he states that the rough cut was 4 hours long - not unusual for a film of this scope and scale. But after much discussion the present length was agreed on. He also says he stupidly didn't make a dupe of this rough cut, a usual process in post production. So this 'cut' will never see the light of day. It is clear from the cast list that many characters were cut. The film was planned as a Road Show release but by 1970 the practice had lost favor with the studios. Columbia Pictures also shortened CROMWELL for the same reason. Richard Heffer who play a major featured role in the film says the script as filmed was much longer than the film that came out that many of the cast had huge chunks of their roles deleted.

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Genres

Action | Biography | Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

29 October 1970

Language

English


Country of Origin

Italy, Soviet Union

Filming Locations

Royal Palace, Caserta, Campania, Italy

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

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