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Stanley Kubrick Napoleon - movie script

Stanley Kubrick Napoleon - movie script

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Script of this never-shot movie, due to the commercial failure of Bondarchuk's Waterloo. Eternal regrets.
Script of this never-shot movie, due to the commercial failure of Bondarchuk's Waterloo. Eternal regrets.

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Published by: koskinou on Aug 13, 2012
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Candlelight, silver service -- beautiful women, important
guests. Napoleon and Josephine are seated at opposite
ends of a long table. Placed at Napoleon's elbow is the
strikingly beautiful Madame Trillaud, a sexy brunette. He
speaks to her husband. Dessert is being served.

NAPOLEON
The revolution failed because the
foundation of its political

philosophy was in error. Its
central dogma was the transference
of original sin from man to society.
It had the rosy vision that by
nature man is good, and that he is
only corrupted by an incorrectly
organized society. Destroy the
offending social institutions,
tinker with the machine a bit, and
you have Utopia -- presto! --
natural man back in all his
goodness.

Laugher at the table.

NAPOLEON
It's a very attractive idea but it
simply isn't true. They had the
whole thing backwards. Society is
corrupt because man is corrupt --
because he is weak, selfish,
hypocritical and greedy. And he is
not made this way by society, he is
born this way -- you can see it even
in the youngest children. It's no
good trying to build a better
society on false assumptions --
authority's main job is to keep man
from being at his worst and, thus,
make life tolerable, for the greater
number of people.

MONSIEUR TRILLAUD
Your Majesty, you certainly have a
very pessimistic view of human
nature.

NAPOLEON
My dear Monsieur Trillaud, I am not
paid for finding it better.

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