Playthings of an Emperor (1922)

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This German-made historical spectacle focused on the romance between Napoleon Bonaparte and Countess Marie Walewska. Although she has already fallen in love with Count d' Evians, a soldier (Anthony Lannister), Marie (Marjorie Verlaine) marries the elderly Count Walewska (Henry Keyes). When she meets Napoleon (Rudolf Lettinger), she doesn't realize that she will soon embark on her most passionate love affair. Napoleon is entranced by her right away, but Marie still loves d' Evians. The jealous emperor exiles the young soldier, but he escapes and comes to Marie's rescue when Napoleon becomes too insistent. To get d' Evians out of the way once and for all, Napoleon sentences him to be shot, but Marie pleads so earnestly for his life that he pardons him. Marie is deeply touched by his action, and finally begins to feel a spark of love for him. But she won't give in to him until he halts his arrogant and domineering behavior and treats her with the respect she deserves.