Napoleon (PBS Empires)

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Biography, History Documentary hosted by David McCullough published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS Empires series in 2000 - English narration

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For nearly two decades he strode the world stage like a colossus -- loved and despised, venerated and feared. From his birth on the rugged island of Corsica to his final exile on the godforsaken island of St. Helena, NAPOLEON brings this extraordinary figure to life.

NAPOLEON bears passionate witness to a man whose charisma swayed an empire and sparked his exalted belief in his own destiny. He is a figure riddled with contradictions that are the essence of his glory and undoing: his youthful enthusiasm for the ideals of the French Revolution did not prevent him from crowning himself Emperor. His passionate love of Josephine did not prevent him from divorcing her to marry the eighteen year Archduchess of Austria. His military genius did not save him from the disastrous invasion of Russia. His love of France was so compromised by his notions of personal glory that he repeatedly plunged his beloved country into war.Framed by the grand sweep of history, woven from intimate accounts of and by the man himself. NAPOLEON is a tale as grand as any novel, a story of passion, vaunting ambition and pride ending in exile and loss.

Written and Directed by David Grubin Narrated by David McCullough Producers David Grubin and Alyson Luchak

Produced by David Grubin Productions in association with PBS Docstar and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (2000)

[edit] To Destiny

Episode I recounts the story of Napoleon's extraordinary rise from Corsican obscurity to the victories in Italy that made him a hero to the French people and convinced him that he was destined for greatness. It also tells of his love for Josephine Beauharnais, a woman of extravagant habits and tastes, who did not at first return his passionate affection.

[edit] Mastering Luck

Episode II charts Napoleon's ascent to absolute power, from victorious General to first Consul to Emperor of France. It describes his extraordinary achievements – from the Napoleonic Code and the Bank of France, to bridges, roads, and canals – as well as the tyrannical nature of his rule and the violent opposition of most of Europe.

[edit] Summit of Greatness

Episode III witnesses Napoleon conquer most of Europe in a series of brilliant triumphs, including his legendary victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. To sustain his rule, he must keep fighting. But when he invades Spain, he has begun to reach too far.

[edit] The End

Episode IV describes Napoleon's downfall, including the invasion and subsequent retreat from Russia, and his final battles, in which all of Europe is arrayed against him. Exiled to Elba, he returns to France after just ten months, only to be defeated for the last time at Waterloo. Napoleon spends his final days exiled on an island far out in the Atlantic, where he writes his memoirs and reinvents his legend.

[edit] The Making of Napoleon

Behind the Scenes of the series. Interviews and comments of the production team.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 1836 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x432
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.667:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 55:06.536
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 854,847,488 Bytes
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  • Video Codec: XviD
  • Video Bitrate: ~1995 kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 640x480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Audio Codec: MP3
  • RunTime Per Part: 45 Min
  • Number Of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: ~700 MB
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