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Brando and co-star Jean Simmons in a scene from the film
"Desiree" (1954)

This Coming Thursday and Friday at the Packard Campus Theater (November 2 and 3, 2023)

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The revolution will not be televised, but it will be up on the screen this month as the Packard Campus looks back how the big screen has depicted Napoleon!


Image from film under CinemaScope banner and on a yellow background
“Desiree” (1954)


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2  @ 7:30 p.m.

Desiree (20th Century-Fox, 1954)

Marlon Brando takes a turn at portraying Napoleon . Variety called the film “easily one of the best and most potent costumers to come along in the widescreen age,” while calling Brando’s performance “a masterful exhibition of thesping.”  While there is plenty of war and politics in the film, it is also a love story between Napoleon and his true love, Desiree (played by Jean Simmons). Color, 110 minutes.

Image of French flag--red, white and blue--also contains drawings of the faces of the film's two lead actors
“Danton” (1983)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

Danton (Gaumont, 1983)

Per the Polish Cinema Database:  “[The] action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre’s incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror.  Confident in the people’s support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dispatches them to the guillotine.”  The film stars Gerard Depardieu. French with English subtitles. Color, 136 minutes.


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