Cinema: Historical Stuffing

EAGLE IN A CAGE

Directed by FIELDER COOK

Screenplay by MILLARD LAMPELL

Napoleon, like Jesus Christ, has always had vile luck with directors. It is often assumed that Hollywood has a monopoly on witless historical reconstructions. Of course it does not. The latest film to prove it is Eagle in a Cage, an account of the Little Corporal's exile on St. Helena.

This is the one period of Napoleon's life (except, presumably, his conception) that could be filmed on a small budget; the war is over, thus effecting a great economy in props and stunt...

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