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.
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Today I saw Bondarchuk's Waterloo. Poor old Seryozha! It's embarrassing.
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…
Not as epic as it should have been.