The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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During Napoleon's exile on St. Helena, some loyalists hire a look-alike to swap places with the deposed emperor. While the impostor lives in luxury on the island, the real Napoleon returns to Paris in order to retake the throne.

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  • Iben Hjejle in The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
  • Ian Holm in The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
  • Ian Holm and Alan Taylor in The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

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16 November 2005 | rebeljenn
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| A forgotten gem
I watched the first screening of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' at the London Film Festival. The film seemed to disappear from the public eye after that, even though I personally thought that it was a good film.

In summary, this film is about Napoleon who wants to get his lost power back, and he pretends he is a peasant in order to eventually rise up and seize it. During this time, he meets a woman he falls in love with. The film explores how his life evolves over the longing of love and power, and there is the realization that he cannot achieve both.

This film is moving and witty. One of the most memorable scenes was when Napoleon tries to convince others that he is Napoleon, but he is not believed, and they take him to an asylum where there are many others there that believe that they are Napoleon.

I was surprised that this film did not get respected; it is a forgotten gem.

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