Four-Part History

Napoleon Bonaparte has inspired some extraordinary creations: a great palindrome ("Able was I ere I saw Elba"), a great song (ABBA's "Waterloo") and a great pastry (uh, the napoleon). On the other hand, the "little corporal" has become in modern society little more than a caricature, his image synonymous with tyrants, the delusional and men who overcompensate. Kimbell Art Museum illuminates the historical emperor of France through their screening of the four-part PBS series, Napoleon. The miniseries navigates the life of the "enlightened despot" from his birth in Corsica to his death in exile on the island of St. Helena. Whether Napoleon should be remembered as a heroic figure or an oppressor, however, is still up for debate, but does it really matter? As Bonaparte himself said, "History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon." Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth, screens part one of the Napoleon series at 2 p.m. Sunday. The remaining three segments will be screened on Sundays in June, July and August. Visit kimbellart.org.
Sun., May 21, 2 p.m.; Sun., June 18; Sun., July 16; Sun., Aug. 13
 
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