'Napoleon' conquers 900 at the Les Invalides courtyard
PARIS — Culture Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon and other members of France’s political top brass rubbed shoulders with the likes of Gerard Depardieu and Isabella Rossellini at the world preem of the $35 million miniseries “Napoleon” in Paris on Sept. 17.
Other celebs at the 900-strong soiree included Anouk Aimee and Jean Reno. All crowded into a tent erected in a courtyard of Paris’ Les Invalides — Napoleon’s final resting place, now a military museum — to watch thesp Christian Clavier breathe life back into the Gallic emperor during a 90-minute episode of the four-part series, in which John Malkovich plays Tallyrand.
Also present at the premiere were producer Jean-Pierre Guerin, Arnaud and Jean-Luc Lagardere, whose Lagardere Media is a shareholder in Guerin’s production company GMT, and Marc Tessier, the head of Gallic pubcaster France Televisions, which will screen “Napoleon” next month.
The ambitious series was helmed by Yves Simoneau and adapted by Didier Decoin from the biography of Napoleon by Max Gallo. Co-producers including Italy’s RAI and the German broadcaster ZDF.