Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Napoleon’s reaction to reading the end of the script and finding out that he loses the titular battle.
Faithful historical epic about Napoleon’s Hundred Days and the Battle of Waterloo. It does a good job of bringing the central historical figures to life – especially Napoleon himself, played by Rod Steiger, and Wellington, played by Christopher Plummer – but it’s the battle scenes that truly impress. They’re absolutely mind-boggling in their scope, scale and realism (except for a lack of blood and gore). Apparently the director was in command of the seventh largest army in the world during production, and the whole thing seems to appear on-screen in some shots. My main criticisms: it’s slow at times and much of it lacks emotional impact. Those battle scenes though…
Director: Bob Rafelson
Powerhouse lead performance from Jack Nicholson as an intelligent but dissatisfied and often angry man. As viewers we empathise with him so strongly even as he mistreats people around him, and that’s what makes the film impressive. It’s not a hugely eventful movie, but it really packs a punch.