He was the man who helped Napoleon rise to power, and the man who brought him down. They hated one another, but had to become allies.
Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph Fouché, the all-powerful minister of police, both emerged from the Revolution and prepared to do anything to succeed.
To celebrate the bicentennial of Napoleon’s death in 2021, this ambitious docudrama series will reveal this dazzling emperor from an exciting and original perspective: That of his “most faithful enemy”, the shadowy and cunning figure of Fouché. Espionage, backstabbing, and betrayal: In this clash of the titans, individual destinies and wider history combine in a three-round bout. A compelling behind-the-scenes account of power and a political death foretold.
Direction: Alain Brunard
Production: ZED for ARTE France
Delivery: Summer 2021
Available versions: French, English