|A Royal Divorce|
|Directed by||Jack Raymond|
|Produced by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Written by|| Miles Malleson |
|Starring|| Ruth Chatterton |
|Music by||Anthony Collins|
|Edited by||Peggy Hennessey|
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Imperator)
|Distributed by||Paramount British Pictures|
A Royal Divorce is a 1938 British historical drama film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Ruth Chatterton, Pierre Blanchar and Frank Cellier.The film portrays the complex relationship between Napoleon I of France and his wife, Josephine Bonaparte from their first meeting until their divorce more than a decade later.
TV Guide called the film a "mediocre adaptation",while Allmovie wrote, "in terms of costumes and settings, A Royal Divorce is authentic to a fault; in terms of adherence to the facts, it's a bit shaky, though undeniably dramatic.
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