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Napoleon Bonaparte features in 60,000 books and more than 100 films – does Ridley Scott's stand up?

By Ben McCann, Associate Professor of French Studies, University of Adelaide
There have been more than 60,000 books written about Napoleon since his death in 1821. Cinema too has been drawn to him time and again.

The Lumière brothers made a short film in 1897 and he featured in the mostly lost British film The Battle of Waterloo (1913). Already, the standard image of Napoleon was established: the squat frame, the horizontal hat, the arms behind the back.

There have been more than

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