Conquest (1937)

“I am an ordinary man; but, my life is not an ordinary one.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – During the reign of Napoleon in Europe, a Polish countess befriends him in order to try and sway his decisions regarding her country.

My Take on it – This is a film that is totally carried by the lead performance by Charles Boyer as Napoleon.

He deservingly got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for this role and had the misfortune of being nominated in a very strong year which helped relegate his performance to the bottom of the list.

This performance must have been even more ground breaking when it came out than it does now which makes it a bit more difficult to judge after more than 80 years.

The story itself moves along at a really slow speed which also hurts the film because its very hard to care about any of the characters or anything that happens to them.

As mentioned earlier, Boyer gives a nice performance in the lead but none of the other actors give anything more than what one would consider lackluster performances.

It’s quite hard to keep interest in everything that goes one here due to the way that things are presented to us.

Bottom Line – Film that is carried by the performance of Boyer (who got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for this performance) as Napoleon which must have been more groundbreaking when it came out than it seems now.  The story itself moves along as a very slow speed which takes away from making this the kind of film one can care about.  Besides Boyer, most of the other performances come across as lackluster and it’s hard to keep interest in a story presented the way they do so here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film lost more money for MGM than any other of its films during the period from 1920 to 1949. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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