Ridley Scott’s new film Napoleon has been heavily criticized for its historical inaccuracies.
Critics claim that Napoleon did not witness Marie Antoinette’s execution and never took part in the cavalry charges or fired cannons at the pyramids.
The debate continues…
Dear Sir, I just went to see Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon. I was appalled by the historical errors.
Courtiers have tried to edit this scene from history, but I am determined to show it, even if it means ruffling a few feathers. Pictured is Pippa Middleton
In one scene, Napoleon visits a state penitentiary and plays country songs for the inmates. In another, he is arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, for drug possession.
After looking through countless biographies of Napoleon, I have found no evidence that these events ever happened.
Likewise, Joséphine, played by Reese Witherspoon, never did a duet with Napoleon on stage.
How much longer will we let Hollywood trample history?
Sir: The scenes Mr. Lummox mentions are from the 2006 film Walk The Line, in which Joaquin Phoenix played country music singer Johnny Cash, not Napoleon, and Reese Witherspoon played his wife, June Carter.
Did he take the wrong path in his local multiplex?
I’m Nitt Picker.
Sir: That’s right. But it’s high time the government forced multiplex cinemas to more clearly indicate the appropriate theaters for the films they show.
Just last week, I was appalled to see Mary Poppins twisting and turning on her bed, spewing foul language at a priest.
It was only on my way out that I realized I had taken a wrong turn in the lobby and was watching the new movie The Exorcist. Yet they refused to refund my payment.
Sir: In the latest episode of The Crown, the Queen slams her teacup on the kitchen table and says to the Prince of Wales: “Ay-oop oor Chas, you had a good pig’s dinner with your wedding and no .” error!’
To me, that doesn’t quite ring true.
I was also surprised by the scene in which a jockey arrives late to a race but the 93-year-old Queen Mother intervenes at the last minute and rides her horse Special Cargo to victory at Sandown. I can completely believe that Princess Anne was a valued member of the Apollo 13 crew and that Prince Philip was spotted hiding behind a hedge in Dealey Plaza on the morning of November 22, 1963, but Prince Edward has- Did he really play the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway?
Sir: In the 1995 biopic Braveheart, I was fascinated to learn how Scottish warrior William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, led a secret raid on Windsor Castle.
At the last minute, using only a longbow and a Colt 45, Braveheart manages to save Boadicea from beheading by King Henry VIII.
Since then, so-called “experts” have tried to throw cold water on this scene, suggesting that this could not have happened. But what do they know? Were they there?
Of course they weren’t!
Then they’ll try to tell us that between them, Sir Winston Churchill (Brad Pitt) and Mrs. Pankhurst (Scarlett Johansson) didn’t defeat the Spanish Armada!
Sir: I’m currently writing the final series of The Crown. As we know, during William and Kate’s wedding, Pippa Middleton tried to steal the spotlight from her sister by parading down the aisle of Westminster Abbey wearing bright pink shorts and a wet T-shirt .
Courtiers have tried to edit this scene from history, but I am determined to show it, even if it means ruffling a few feathers.
Critics claim that Napoleon did not witness Marie Antoinette’s execution and never took part in the cavalry charges or fired cannons at the pyramids. (Still from the new film Napoleon)
As we know, during William and Kate’s wedding, Pippa Middleton (photo) tried to steal the spotlight from her sister.
I would love to hear from everyone who was present on this historic day, as they could also tell me how Elton John drowned out the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech by playing Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting at full blast on the abbey organ.
Sincerely, Peter Morgan.
Sir: Having just returned from watching Ridley Scott’s new film Napoleon, I was disappointed to see that the fighter planes it showed in the skies above Waterloo were all Spitfires. Any schoolchild knows that Hurricanes were also used.
Also, when Napoleon uttered his famous phrase: “My horse! My horse! My kingdom for a horse!’ I detected a trace of an American accent, although everyone knows Napoleon was born in Liverpool, which is how he came to share a school bus with John Lennon.
Best regards, Ronald Daft.