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Napoleon (1927)
"Napoléon" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dieudonné ...
Vladimir Roudenko ...
Edmond Van Daële ...
Alexandre Koubitzky ...
Antonin Artaud ...
Abel Gance ...
Gina Manès ...
Suzanne Bianchetti ...
Marguerite Gance ...
Yvette Dieudonné ...
Élisa Bonaparte
Philippe Hériat ...
Pierre Batcheff ...
Eugénie Buffet ...
Acho Chakatouny ...
Nicolas Koline ...
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A massive six-hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797 (the film stops there because it was intended to be part one of six, but director Abel Gance never raised the money to make the other five). The film's legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story, culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages projected simultaneously on three screens. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Abel Gance's 1927 Masterpiece [reissue]


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The snowballs in the snowball fight scene were actually balls of cotton. During shooting, one of the child extras threw a real one with a rock in it. It his Vladimir Roudenko square in the face and broke his nose. See more »

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Around the tine that Danton is delivered to the Executioner, there are several scenes with Robespierre seated at the desk. The position of his eyeglasses varies between being on his head, on the desk or in his hands. See more »

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The Thrill of Being In Love (Love Theme of Napoleon and Josephine)
lyric by Italia Pennino
music by Carmine Coppola
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Excellent -- but where's the DVD?
6 January 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I saw this back in '81 or '82, on the Big Screen at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with Carmine Coppola conducting a live orchestra -- there has never been anything like that in all my movie-going experience! The closest that's come since was _Intolerance_, restored, with another live orchestra performing under the baton of the composer, Gillian Anderson (no, not the one from the X-Files). That, too, was an occasion to remember ... but where is Napoleon on DVD?

As many other reviewers have said, Napoleon was a relevatory experience. Certainly, other films to that point had used most of the devices Gance employed so brilliantly (except, of course, his three-screen-wide "Polyvision"), but then sound came in and the requirements of the microphone killed the recently mobilized camera. The camera became very static for at least the next ten years of films -- dynamic camera movements only returned when sound mixing came in to being, and scenes could be shot MOS (mit out sound), with foley and overdubbing replacing the missed sounds.

For this reason, Napoleon is important to see -- as a technical achievement. But Gance's artistry wasn't limited to gimmicks. His pacing, editing, and direction of the actors (including Dieudonne as Nappy -- looking amazingly Rod-Stewart-like) is excellent as well.

Highly recommended -- and when the DVD comes out -- hopefully, with the fuller, five-hour restoration, and Coppola's music on one track, with a reconstruction of the original music on another (and perhaps Gillian Anderson has a score of her own to share?) -- you'll owe it to yourself, as a student of Film, to see it, over and over again.


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