Empires - Napoleon
Napoleon Bonaparte lead the French to victory and
disaster and there is no doubt that his influence on the French Empire
was one of the most influential and defining moments for this country.
narrated by David McCullough, this documentary goes into a good amount
of detail from Bonaparte's humble beginnings in a farmhouse in Corsica
to military soldier and eventually emperor of France.
episodes from the documentary into one accessible collection, it is
ironic that Napoleon's jaded views of France, actually led him to become
emperor and ignite a European revolution.
Apart from emperor, the
documentary gives the viewer insight into his Italian heritage and the
relationship between him and Josephine. Although he lead his country to
victory, he also led the country to disaster, especially with his
campaign to Russia. The series finishes with his abdication and exile to
Elba where Napoleon died in 1821.
The re-enactments are quite impressive
as is the cinematography of the series with some great re-enactments such
as the historic Battle of Waterloo and both the video and audio quality
nicely compliments this series.
We could happily recommend this to all
lovers of history, especially those of the French and it's quite
interesting to see one man's rise to power and fall. It may not cover
everything about this historical figure but for what it does, it's
definitely a great starting point.
Episode 1 – To Destiny
Episode 2 – Mastering Luck
Episode 3 – The Summit of Ambition
Episode 4 – The End