A 97-Year-Old Movie Already Proved Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Was Doomed From The Start

A 97-Year-Old Movie Already Proved Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Was Doomed From The Start

Ridley Scott’s 2023 historical epic Napoleon was a critical and commercial disappointment for the filmmaker, yet its failure was already presaged by a classic movie made nearly a century earlier. Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, Napoleon was met with a mixed response by critics and bombed at the box office making a comparatively meager $221 million during its run. Yet while responsibility for the film ultimately falls on Scott himself, there was a clear precedent to suggest that his ambitious project was never likely to succeed.

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Ridley Scott’s Napoleon was a critical and financial disappointment, yet a much earlier movie already proved his approach was impossible.

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