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The Man of Destiny, by George Bernard Shaw. This is a humorous tête-à-tête between 27 year old general Napoleon Bonaparte and a strange lady one morning in May 1796.
George Bernard Shaw was a fervent advocate of the new theatre of Ibsen. This play, one of his earliest dramas (written in 1898) and subtitled Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, savagely attacks social hypocrisy. Man of Destiny takes place just two days after the Battle of Lodi between French and Austrian troops where cannonade became an important part of warfare. The French have defeated the Austrian troops and the young General Napoleon (Simon Callow), who is liberating Italy for the republican cause, is waiting for his dispatches in a little inn at Tavazzano on the road between Lodi and Milan. The lieutenant (David Troughton) who was suppose to have been carrying them arrives, but they have been stolen from him on the way by a youth.
A mysterious young lady (Delphine Seyrig) arrived at the Inn just that morning, and the Lieutenant recognizes the lady as the male youth he met on the way. The lady explains she has a twin brother and that it must have been her brother who stole the lieutenant's dispatches and horse. However, a battle of wits takes place between the lady and Napoleon, since he recognizes that she and the "brother" are one and the same. The lady challenges the General's sense of honor and character over the retrieval of a collection of sensitive letters.
Napoleon, fueled by his own bravado and faith in his battle plans, sets out to prove that there is nothing he cannot master by force. However, the lady is more than a match for the General's strategic mind and she sets about systematically turning his organized world upside down. The lady is willing to turn over the documents with the exception of one "love letter" that she does not want the General to see. It's on the identity of the writer and recipient of that letter that Napoleon faces his defeat.
Simon Callow - Napoleon
Delphine Seyrig - The Lady
David Troughton - The Lieutenant
Niall Toibin - Giuseppe
First broadcast on BBC1 in September 1981.
This upload includes a subtitles file in .srt format.
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