I've recently been watching this European super-production on the emperor/dictator. Keeping in mind that it's only a TV series, I've tried to not take it too seriously but I'm a bit uncomfortable about how he is depicted: he's shown in a very (maybe too) positive light. Anything that could be used against him are brushed away:
- The fact he oppressed foreign peoples: here he only conquered them to offer them peace
- The fact he cheated on his wife and his wife cheated on him: he was simply a passionate man
- The fact he had quite a few military failures: for example in Egypt. Instead they show Napoleon (a military leader obsessed with military successes) coming back from Egypt more interested in Egyptian culture
As if he didn't even go to win...
- It became too much when, in 1806, 3 seconds are dedicated to the Battle of Trafalgar (which could tarnish the emperor's image after all) where Napoleon is in his room talking to his mistress and simply brushes a map away saying "Trafalgar never actually existed".
This reminds me of the terrible film "Joan of Arc" where Joan of Arc is shown as some kind of angelic figure and any Englishman is a rapist.
Anyway, after all that ranting about the series (which is still worth seeing), how can there be any claim that the Battle of Trafalgar never took place?