In July, the trailer for Ridley Scott’s drama “Napoleon” was released and even then, the facts were nailed down by history buffs.
British television historian Dan Snow published one clip where he reviews the film’s historical errors – including the length of Marie Antoinette’s hair when she was beheaded and the way the cavalry charges were compared to how they are depicted.
“Awkward and unintentionally funny”
Although historians of Scott’s native England have been critical, film critics have been more positive. It was different in the native country of the protagonist Napoleon Bonaparte.
BBC writes that the critic of Le Figaro compared it to “Barbie and Ken in the Empire” and that French GQ found it “extraordinarily clumsy, unnatural and unintentionally funny”.
During the launch of the film, Ridley Scott took the opportunity to retaliate against those who criticized him. In an interview with The New Yorker he said Dan Snow should “have a life” and told the BBC that the French “don’t even like each other”.
The best interviewer in the world
In an interview with The temperature he takes the opportunity to give a new boot to the collective of historians: “Sorry my friend, but were you there or not?”
Even his colleague Martin Scorsese is delighted when Scott points out that he is much more productive than the master American director “since he started ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’, I have made four films”.
Ridley Scott’s wild outbursts have amused many and the Guardian’s film journalist named him “the best interviewee in the world” in a text which ends with “God as I like him”.
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