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Napoleon attempts to regain his throne

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – Deceitful, entangling politics are coming to Breckenridge Town Hall.

The fictional story of Napoleon’s exile and secret return to reclaim his throne will come alive in City Council’s chambers at 7 p.m. June 21. The sneak preview of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a fund raiser for the Breckenridge Festival of Film.

Set in 1821 France, Napoleon plans to swap places with commoner Eugene Lenormand, who will reveal himself so Napoleon may regain his throne. However, things don’t go as planned when Lenormand decides he enjoys gorging on rich food too much to reveal the deception. Meanwhile, the exiled ruler discovers the insane asylum is filled with men who claim to be Napoleon, so where does that leave him?

WNBC film and theater critic Jeffrey Lyons selects films for the monthly sneak previews, scheduled for June 21, July 12 and Aug. 9 at Town Hall.

“The preview is based on the idea of something that isn’t traditionally shown at Trans Lux or the Speakeasy Theatre,” said Suzanne Burke, executive director of the Breckenridge Festival of Film. “It’s a more unique vision of what’s out there in film.”

“We decided to have fund raisers related to film instead of just throwing parties,” said Karin Penegor, president of Breckenridge Festival of Film. “It’s an elite group of people who are getting to see these films, and it’s in a nice little theater. Everyone mingles afterward and talks about their likes and dislikes.”

“It’s more of a discussion group,” Burke said.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Candy and sodas will be sold on June 21, and beginning in July, alcohol will be offered. For information, call (970) 453-6200.

Breckenridge Festival of Film Sneak Preview

– When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 21

– Where: Breckenridge Town Hall

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