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The Emperor's New Clothes

Sir Ian Holm (last seen playing another famous short man in Fellowship of the Ring) takes on the role of Napoleon Bonaparte in this offbeat "what if" tale. What if, instead of perishing in exile, the former emperor had himself replaced by a look-alike and fled back to France? What if Napoleon's duplicate refused to fess up to his ruse, leaving the real Napoleon stranded in Paris under an assumed identity? What if, instead of conquering Fance again, Napoleon took the opportunity to fall in love with a widowed fruit vendor? It's a curious premise, but the film's mixture of fairy tale whimsy and Alexandre Dumas-style adventure story combine to make The Emperor's New Clothes the most unexpected and enjoyable romantic comedy this year. 107 minutes