Imperial Venus

Imperial Venus is a Franco – Italian film directed by Jean Delannoy and released in 1962 .

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Synopsis

The love and romance of Pauline Bonaparte , Napoleon’s favorite sister. After her first engagement was broken by her brother for political reasons, she falls in love with squadron leader Jules de Canouville met in Italy. But, still for strategic reasons, Napoleon asks him to marry General Leclerc. When he died of yellow fever in Santo Domingo, Pauline returned to France and his brother still organizes his marriage with Prince Borghese that she will never love. She finds Jules de Canouville, perhaps his only true great love, but he is killed during the Russian campaign and Pauline will be exiled with her brother.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: Venere imperiale
  • French title: Venus impériale
  • Director: Jean Delannoy
  • Scenario: Rodolphe-Maurice Arlaud , Jean Aurenche , Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Jean Delannoy
  • Dialogues: Philippe Heriat
  • Artistic direction: Italo Tomassi
  • Costumes: Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni
  • Photography: Gábor Pogány
  • Sound: Bruno Brunacci
  • Editing: Otello Colangeli
  • Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
  • Producer: Lucio Bompani
  • Production Companies: Cineriz (Italy), France Cinéma Productions, Gaumont (France), Royal Film (France)
  • Distribution companies: Cineriz (Italy), Gaumont (France), StudioCanal (foreign)
  • Country of origin: France , Italy
  • Original language: French
  • Format: color by Technicolor – monophonic sound :
    • 35mm version – 2.35: 1 Technirama
    • 70 mm version – 2.20.1 Super Technirama
  • Genre: dramatic comedy , historical film
  • Duration: 145 minutes
  • Release dates:
    •  Italy :
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  • (en) CNC classification : all public (operating visa o 26324 issued)

Distribution

  • Gina Lollobrigida ( VF : herself) : Pauline Bonaparte
  • Raymond Pellegrin ( VF : himself) : Napoleon st
  • Stephen Boyd ( VF : René Arrieu ) : Jules de Canouville
  • Micheline Presle ( VF : herself) : Joséphine
  • Massimo Girotti ( VF : William Sabatier ) : General Leclerc
  • Gabriele Ferzetti : Freron
  • Giulio Bosetti ( VF : Jean-Louis Jemma ) : Camille Borghese
  • Gianni Santuccio ( VF : Jean Michaud ) : the sculptor Antonio Canova
  • Elsa Albani : the pianist
  • Aldo Berti : the moribund in Santo Domingo
  • Andrea Bosic : Del Val
  • Lilla Brignone : Maria Letizia Ramolino (Letizia Bonaparte)
  • Edith Peters : the wife of General Thomas
  • Nando Tamberlani ( VF : Jacques Berlioz ) : the pontiff
  • Ernesto Calindri : Father Fesch
  • Claudio Catania : Jerome Bonaparte
  • Feodor Chaliapin Jr .: The Ballet Master
  • Andrea Checchi ( VF : Gérard Férat) : the doctor
  • Liana Del Balzo : Princess Borghese
  • Giustino Durano : Dr. Bousqué
  • Evi Maltagliati : Ms. Adelaide

Awards and Distinctions

Awards

  •  David di Donatello 1963 : Best Actress Award to Gina Lollobrigida , tied with Silvana Mangano for The Verona Trial ( 1963 ).
  •  Silver ribbon of the National Union of Italian Cinematographic Journalists 1963 : Silver ribbon of the best actress to Gina Lollobrigida .

Appointments

  •  Silver Ribbon of the National Union of Italian Cinematographic Journalists 1963 :
    • Gábor Pogány named for the Silver Ribbon of the best color photography.
    • Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni nominated for the silver ribbon of the best costumes.

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