Austerlitz (film)

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Directed by Abel Gance
Produced by Antoinette Coty
Alexander Salkind
Written by Abel Gance
Nelly Kaplan
Roger Richebé
Starring Pierre Mondy
Martine Carol
Claudia Cardinale
Leslie Caron
Music by Jean Ledrut
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Robert Juillard
Edited by Léonide Azar
Yvonne Martin
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Country France
Language French

Austerlitz is a 1960 film directed by Abel Gance and starring Jean Marais, Rossano Brazzi, Martine Carol, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Vittorio de Sica, Orson Welles, Leslie Caron and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Pierre Mondy portrays Napoleon in this film about his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. Leslie Caron plays the role of his mistress Élisabeth Le Michaud d'Arçon.[1]


The first half of this film covers Napoleon's coronation as Emperor and political manoeuvrings while the second half covers the actual battle, where he beat both Austrian and Russian forces in his drive eastward.



Composer Jean Ledrut claimed that "La Marche d'Austerlitz" from his score had been plagiarised by producer/composer Joe Meek in the 1962 pop hit "Telstar". The case was eventually dismissed.


The original French version runs longer than the English dubbed international version. The French version contains extra scenes including ones with Napoleon visiting his mistress and of Jean Louis Trintignant imagining the coronation for the palace staff.


A French DVD was released including interviews with star Pierre Mondy and other participants.


  1. ^ Jean-Marie Thiébaud (2006) Elisabeth Le Michaud d'Arçon: Maîtresse de Napoléon, Editions Cabedita ISBN 2-88295-473-5

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