there are all the ingredients for a great film popular. A hero high in color, Vidocq, a convict became a police officer with unorthodox methods, already mythologized in literature and cinema, interpreted by the sacred actors (Harry Baur, Claude Brasseur, Gérard Depardieu). A period epic (the reign of Napoleon), a casting gleaming (Vincent Cassel, Fabrice Luchini, Denis Ménochet, Patrick Chesnais), mugs not possible, wigs, hair and snags, rotten (special mention to Denis Lavant and his head gargoyle in the infamous Maillard). However, The Emperor of Paris fails to get rid of a heaviness pachydermique.

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The costumes seem to weigh a ton on the shoulders of the actors – the only one that really pulls its pin of the game (his sword, rather) is the twirling James Thierrée, very good in horseman on the keypad. The staging muscled by Jean-François Richet ( Blood Father, Mesrine ) makes me regret the elegance of a …

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