Rod Steiger adds his name to the list of distinguished actors who have played Napoleon Bonaparte, but his performance is not nearly as good as those of many of the other actors who have taken on the role (including Marlon Brando in DESIREE, Herbert Lom in King Vidor's WAR AND PEACE,
Vladislav Strzhelchik in Bondarchuk's WAR AND PEACE, Charles Boyer in CONQUEST, Jean-Louis Barrault in MLLE. DESIREE, and Albert Dieudonne in Abel Gance's NAPOLEON). Undeniably, Steiger's portrayal is a method actor's interpretation of the complex Corsican, characterized by much strutting,
fretting, and sweating but offering no indication of what's going on inside the Little Corporal's ...