My 100 favorite films as of May 17, 2014.
After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.
Today I saw Bondarchuk's Waterloo. Poor old Seryozha! It's embarrassing.
"‘Waterloo’ is alleen al vanwege deze pure gevechtsscènes de moeite waard, maar voegt daar ook nog degelijk acteerwerk aan toe, een hogere historische nauwkeurigheid dan gebruikelijk, en een veelvoud aan organisch in de dialoog verwerkte beroemde citaten. De opbouw had wellicht iets sneller gekund, en bepaalde komische of juist melodramatische terzijdes op het slagveld hadden achterwege kunnen blijven, maar als geheel is ‘Waterloo’ een film die als spektakelstuk, en als historisch en militair document van één van de bekendste veldslagen uit de geschiedenis, uitstekend werk doet."
A partially successful attempt by "War and Peace" director Sergey Bondarchuk to accurately recreate the famous defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the British at Waterloo. The scale of the undertaking is astonishing with enormous panoramic vistas of ranked soldiers and most memorably an almost impossible to conceive scene of battle shot from high above as floods of French cavalrymen swarm around formations of British infantry. Those images aren't quite strong enough to forget the clumsy and often confused storytelling that lead up to them however - the script fails to sparkle, weighed down by some muddy and drawn out historical accuracy, as well as some terrible dubbing, a consistent problem in a multi-language cast and crew.
Performance wise Rod Steiger…
The staging of the central battle is certainly epic. One helicopter shot in particular is quite breathtaking. However insufficient time and care is given to establish characters or context (why are the countries at work - is it assumed that we know from history so don't need to be told?) in a clear way. Steiger and Plummer do the best they can with what they are given but the script feels lazy.
Napoleon y su última batalla. Un gran despliegue de medios en la batalla del mismo nombre que la película, y donde el ejército ruso puso su granito de arena para la elaboración de tan grandes escenas.
Pelicula histórica-bélica muy interesante. Al igual que la interpretación de Rod Steiger como Napoleon.
A full-blooded epic which follows the build-up and battle of Waterloo as Napoleon Bonaparte faced off against the Duke of Wellington.
The acting and script aren't great but with thousands of uniformed extras and some memorable shots, this is a real epic which would never be made today.
Carico di senno del poi, Waterloo è un kolossal senza coraggio. Sperco di attori, denari e mezzi al servizio di una calligrafia senza palle.
Battle scenes and use of practical effects and extras that are so good that it will make you squirt semen so pleasantly and violently you will become infertile by the time you are done.
pretty epic battle scene, thats for sure. the rest of the movie was pretty boring, but the fight scene was worth it. war is so fucked, there are no winners.
Cinegedachten eerste 30min:
Ritme is de basis.
Sire. Sire. Sire.
Waanzin, reine waanzin.
Ow je, mijn oren godverdomme...
Epische, epische optiteling.
I know you love this man??
Die pruillip gaat erover...
Toch wel stoffig genoeg.
Kickass napoleon godverdomme.
Dit hadden we niet zijn aankomen...?
Praat als een typemachine.
Orson Welles is geniaal!
Een echte koets kraakt...
De waanzinnige verfijnde verdoemde poëet.
This is truly epic. The one scene I'll never forget:
The last small group of French soldiers being blasted at point blank range with a British cannon.
Then there were the "vultures" or people going around and collecting items off the dead.
Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk this historic epic stars Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer. Following his escape from exile Napoleon launches one last gamble to defeat his enemies.
Thanks to being made in the Soviet Union this film has a cast of thousands which really helps bring an epic quality to the film and give a real sense of scale to the battle. Inevitably there are some historical errors but these tend to be on the side of detail rather than being deal breakers. There is the occasional long shot which suffers from poor quality but otherwise this is an excellent retelling of the last grand battle of the Napoleonic wars and is certainly a sight to behold.
My 100 favorite films as of May 17, 2014.
A watchlist for movies at the highest priority of my list outside of challenges and marathons.