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greta de groat wrote:Deudonne isn't that great an actor but for the most part he doesn't have to be.
I think Dieudonne was hired because he looked like Napoleon (before Napoleon began being portrayed in later propaganda portraits with a consciously Caesarian affect). Portraits and drawings of Napoleon done when he was younger, and his death mask, look strikingly like Dieudonne:
You're right, he doesn't have much to do in the film other than stalk around looking imperial, but he handled it very well. I'm not sure, but I think the horse he rode across the triptych was supposed to be Marengo (Napoleon's famed war horse), at least Gance's choice of a grey suggests it.