Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Conquest Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

[[Feature~V173708~Conquest~conquest]] was released in England as [[Feature~V173708~Marie Waleska~conquest]], the name of the real-life historical personage portrayed by [[Performer~P25821~Greta Garbo~gretagarbo]]. The film begins in 1807, when Marie, a Polish countess, is dispatched by her country to meet with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte ([[Performer~P7830~Charles Boyer~charlesboyer]]). Marie has been encouraged to press for Polish independence by whatever means possible--and though no one comes out and says as much, it is understood that she will offer herself sexually to the promiscuous Napoleon. She dutifully becomes Bonaparte's mistress, bears his child, and--almost as an afterthought--falls in love with him. Thanks to the political chicanery of Talleyrand ([[Performer~P54506~Reginald Owen~reginaldowen]]), Napoleon is obliged to marry Hapsburg princess Marie Louise, and Marie is cast aside, her usefulness at an end. Only after Napoleon has been exiled to Elba in 1815 is he reunited with Marie and their son ([[Performer~P4905~Scotty Beckett~scottybeckett]]). Though it stands up pretty well today, [[Feature~V173708~Conquest~conquest]] was a flop in 1937, and the beginning of the end of [[Performer~P25821~Garbo~gretagarbo]]'s screen career. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Charles Boyer Best Acting 1937 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Boyer Best Actor 1937 Nominee
National Board of Review Maria Ouspenskaya Best Acting 1937 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Art Direction 1937 Nominee

Cast

Greta Garbo
as Marie Walewska
Charles Boyer
as Napoleon
Reginald Owen
as Talleyrand
Henry Stephenson
as Count Walewska
Leif Erickson
as Paul Lachinski
Dame May Whitty
as Laetitia Bonaparte
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Countess Pelagia
Noble Johnson
as Roustan
Henry Kolker
as Senator Wybitcki
Ivan Lebedeff
as Cossack Captain
Lois Meredith
as Countess Potocka
Oscar Apfel
as Count Potocka
George Davis
as Grenadier
Robert Warwick
as Capt. Laroux
Jean Fenwick
as Maria Louisa
Rosina Galli
as Bianca
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Dying Soldier
Betty Blythe
as Princess Mirska
Henry C. Gordon
as Prince Poniatowski
Scotty Beckett
as Alexandre
Ralf Harolde
as Lejeune
Claude Gillingwater
as Stephan
George Zucco
as Senator Malachowski

Crew

Clarence Brown
Director
Salka Viertel
Screenwriter
Samuel Hoffenstein
Screenwriter
S.N. Behrmann
Screenwriter
Waclaw Gasiorowski
Book Author
Karl W. Freund
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Held
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Production Designer
Advertisement