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17 February 1929 (USA) See more »
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Abel Gance's 1927 Masterpiece [reissue]
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Dieudonné ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Vladimir Roudenko ... Napoléon Bonaparte enfant

Edmond Van Daële ... Maximilien Robespierre
Alexandre Koubitzky ... Georges-Jacques Danton

Antonin Artaud ... Jean-Paul Marat

Abel Gance ... Louis Saint-Just

Gina Manès ... Joséphine de Beauharnais
Suzanne Bianchetti ... La reine Marie-Antoinette
Marguerite Gance ... Charlotte Corday
Yvette Dieudonné ... Élisa Bonaparte
Philippe Hériat ... Antonio Salicetti

Pierre Batcheff ... Le général Lazare Hoche
Eugénie Buffet ... Laetizia Bonaparte
Acho Chakatouny ... Pozzo di Borgo
Nicolas Koline ... Tristan Fleuri
Max Maxudian ... Barras (as Maxudian)

Annabella ... Violine Fleuri et Désirée Clary
Henri Baudin ... Santo-Ricci - le berger corse
Alex Bernard ... Le général Dugommier / Le conventionnel Collet d'Herbois (as Alexandre Bernard)
Roger Blum ... Le comédien Talma
Daniel Buiret ... Augustin Robespierre
Georges Cahuzac ... Le vicomte de Beauharnais
Adrien Caillard ... Thomas Gasparin / Le conventionnel Ricord
Pierre de Canolle ... Le capitaine Auguste Marmont
Carrie Carvalho ... La voyante (as Mlle. Carvalho)
Sylvio Cavicchia ... Lucien Bonaparte adulte
Léon Courtois ... Le général Carteaux
Gilbert Dacheux ... Le général du Teil
Damia ... La Marseillaise
Pierre Danis ... Le colonel Muiron
W. Percy Day ... Amiral Hood
Raoul De Ansorena ... Capitaine Desaix
Boris de Fast ... L'Oeil-Vert (as Boris Fastovich)
Favière ... Fouché
Serge Freddy-Karl ... Le petit tambour Marcellin Fleuri
Jean Gaudrey ... Le conventionnel Jean-Lambert Tallien
Simone Genevois ... Pauline Bonaparte
Georges Hénin ... Eugène de Beauharnais
Jean Henry ... Le sergent Andoche Junot

Henry Krauss ... Moustache
Harry Krimer ... Rouget de l'Isle
Georges Lampin ... Joseph Bonaparte
Alexandre Mathillon ... Le général Scherer (as Mathillon)
Genica Missirio ... Le capitaine Joachim Murat
Francine Mussey ... Lucille Desmoulins
Jeanne Pen ... Hortense de Beauharnais
Roblin ... Picot de Peccaduc
Jack Rye ... Le général O'Hara
Louis Sance ... Le roi Louis XVI

Maurice Schutz ... Pasquale Paoli
Andrée Standart ... Thérèse Tallien (as Andrée Standard)

Suzy Vernon ... Madame Récamier (as Susie Vernon)
Petit Vidal ... Philippeaux
Robert Vidalin ... Camille Desmoulins
Louis Vonelly ... Le poète André Chénier
Jean d'Yd ... La Bussière
René Jeanne ... Un professeur à Brienne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lomon ... Marie Jean Hérault de Séchelles
Florence Talma ... Louise Gély Danton
François Viguier ... Le conventionnel Couthon
Raoul Villiers ... Le conventionnel Boissy d'Anglas / stabsofficer
Michel Zahar ... Un homme du club des Cordeliers
Alberti ... Jean-Jacques Rousseau / Un officier à Toulon (uncredited)
Paul Amiot ... Antoine Quentin Fouquier de Tinville dit Fouquier-Tinville (uncredited)
François Angely ... Le général Henriot (uncredited)
Robert Arnoux ... Un conventionnel (uncredited)
Jean Arroy ... Un sans-culotte à Toulon / Un conventionnel (uncredited)
Henri Beaulieu ... Beaumarchais (uncredited)
Blanche Beaume ... Servant of Marat (uncredited)
Benedict ... Cromwell (uncredited)
Armand Bernard ... Jean-Jean (uncredited)
Camille Beuve ... Le docteur Guillotin (uncredited)
Blin ... Calmelet (uncredited)
Henry Bonvallet ... Le général Menou (uncredited)
Boudréau ... La Fayette (uncredited)
Albert Bras ... Monge (uncredited)
Lise Carvalho ... Mademoiselle Lenormand (uncredited)
André Cerf ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Henri Cerf ... Le vieux soldat (uncredited)
Chabez ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Roger Chantal ... Jérôme Bonaparte (uncredited)
Jean Dalbe ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Florence Dalma ... Madame Danton (uncredited)
Mr. de Bourgival ... Un moine / Le révolutionnaire Courcelier (uncredited)
Daniel de Wybo ... Robespierre le jeune (uncredited)
Jean Demerçay ... Le capitaine Suchet (uncredited)

Jean Dréville ... Bit role (uncredited)
Emile Engeldorff ... Laurent-Basse / Jacques Bonhomme (uncredited)
Guy Favières ... Fouché (uncredited)
Pierre Ferval ... Un soldat / Un homme du club des Cordelier (uncredited)
Jean Fleury ... Le conventionnel Carnot (uncredited)
Floquet ... Un conventionnel (uncredited)
Paul Franceschi ... Le professeur de géographie (uncredited)
Francis ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Sylvie Gance ... Théroigne de Méricourt (uncredited)
Edmond T. Gréville ... Un homme du club des Cordeliers (uncredited)
Felix Guglielmi ... Un berger corse (uncredited)
Robert Guilbert ... Le capitaine Le Marois (uncredited)

Joë Hamman ... L'archer vengeur (uncredited)
Fabien Haziza ... Un Bonaparte (uncredited)
Jean Jacquinet ... Montesquiou (uncredited)
Léon Larive ... Le supérieur de Brienne (uncredited)
Geo Leclercq ... Dutheil (uncredited)
Raphaël Lievin ... Le conventionnel Fabre d'Englantine (uncredited)
Pierrette Lugand ... Caroline Bonaparte (uncredited)
G.A. Martin ... François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (uncredited)
Noëlle Mato ... Madame Marat (uncredited)
Ernest Maupain ... George Washington (uncredited)

Daniel Mendaille ... Fréron (uncredited)
Grogoire Metchikoff ... Le général Pierre François Charles Augereau (uncredited)
Jean Mitry ... Bit role (uncredited)
Louis Monfils ... Le cuisinier à Brienne (uncredited)
Pierre Morin ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Laurent Morléas ... Un officier (uncredited)
Médus ... Bit role (uncredited)
Maggy Pironet ... Bit role (uncredited)
Marcel Pérès ... Un homme du club des Cordeliers (uncredited)
Jean Rauzena ... Le petit Lucien Bonaparte (uncredited)
Fernand Rauzéna ... Louis Bonaparte (uncredited)
Joaquim Renez ... Le révolutionnaire Favière (uncredited)
Émilien Richard ... Le révolutionnaire Brissot (uncredited)
Philippe Rolla ... Le général André Masséna (uncredited)
Régnier ... Denis Diderot (uncredited)
Saint-Allier ... Le peintre David (uncredited)
André Scherer ... Un volontaire de l'Ardèche (uncredited)
Georgette Sorelle ... Madame Élisabeth (uncredited)
Mony Thomassin ... Hortense de Beaugarnais (uncredited)
Jean Tissier ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Max Tréjean ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Henri Valbel ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Vaslin ... Benjamin Franklin (uncredited)
Jean Wells ... Bit role (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Gance 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abel Gance  written by

Produced by
Henri de Cazotte .... producer (uncredited)
Hugo Stinnes .... producer (uncredited)
Wengoroff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola (1981)
Carl Davis (1980)
Arthur Honegger 
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel 
Jules Kruger 
Joseph-Louis Mundwiller  (as Jean-Paul Mundviller)
Nikolai Toporkoff 
 
Film Editing by
Abel Gance 
Frank Hall (US 1929 short version) (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Louis Osmont 
 
Art Direction by
Alexandre Benois 
Alexandre Lochakoff (short period)
 
Costume Design by
Mme. Augris 
Georges Charmy  (as Charmy)
Mme. Neminsky 
Sauvageau (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Boris de Fast .... makeup artist
Wladimir Kwanine .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Noë Bloch .... production manager
Edouard De Bersaucourt .... production manager
Constantin Geftman .... unit manager
Robert A. Harris .... production supervisor (1981 re-release)
Louis Osmont .... unit production manager
Rene Rufly .... unit manager (as Ruffly)
William Delafontaine .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henri Andréani .... assistant director
Jean Arroy .... trainee assistant director
Pierre Danis .... assistant director
Henry Krauss .... assistant director
Anatole Litvak .... assistant director
Jean Mitry .... trainee assistant director
Mario Nalpas .... assistant director
Sacher Purnal .... trainee assistant director
Viktor Tourjansky .... assistant director
Alexandre Volkoff .... assistant director
Georges Lampin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pierre Schild .... art decorator (as Pierre Schildknecht)
Georges Jacouty .... art decorator (uncredited)
Eugène Lourié .... art decorator (uncredited)
Vladimir Meingard .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Serge Piménoff .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mike Berniker .... recording director: Milan (1981 re-release)
Keith Klantwitter .... sound engineer (1981 re-release) (as Keith Klawitter)
Brad Sherman .... sound recordist (1981 re-release)
 
Special Effects by
Segundo de Chomón .... special effects
Paul Minine .... special effects
Edward Scholl .... special effects
Eugen Schüfftan .... special effects
Nicolas Wilcké .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter
Eugen Schüfftan .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Wilcké .... miniature maker
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albinet .... gaffer
Fédote Bourgasoff .... camera operator
Paul Briquet .... camera operator
Léonce-Henri Burel .... additional photographer
Doublon .... gaffer
Rusty Geller .... assistant camera (1981 re-release)
Graza .... gaffer
Roger Hubert .... additional photographer
Georges Lucas .... additional photographer
Jim McCoy .... camera operator (1981 re-release)
Joseph-Louis Mundwiller .... additional photographer (as Jean-Pierre Mundviller)
Émile Pierre .... additional photographer
Lee Planskoy .... camera operator
Henri Berryer .... electrician (uncredited)
Marcel Eywinger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Monniot .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanne Lanvin .... costumes: Josephine
Galvin .... footwear (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marguerite Beaugé .... assistant editor
Henriette Pinson .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Paul Bogaev .... conductor (1981 re-release)
Carmine Coppola .... conductor (1981 re-release)
Carmine Coppola .... music arranger (1981 re-release)
Dennis James .... musician: organ (1981 re-release)
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (1981 re-release) (As Douglas Lackey)
Don MacDougall .... music mixer (1981 re-release) (as Don Macdougal)
Colin Matthews .... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)
David Matthews .... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator: Carl Davis (uncredited)
J.E. Szyfer .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter (1981 re-release)
Simon Feldman .... technical director
Grégoire Geftmann .... production assistant
Edmond T. Gréville .... production assistant
Hoden .... production assistant
Leonid Komerovsky .... production assistant
Georges Lampin .... production assistant
Lemirt .... armorer
Grogoire Metchikoff .... production assistant
Henry Pauly .... production assistant
Ivan Pavloff .... production assistant
Andre Pironet .... production assistant
Christopher Reyna .... consultant: Polyvision alignment (1981 re-release)
Michel Scripnikoff .... production assistant
Simone Surdieux .... script supervisor
Peter Williamson .... tinting supervisor (1981 re-release)
Louis Osmont .... key accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Also Known As:
"Napoléon vu par Abel Gance" - France (original title)
"Abel Gance's Napoleon" - USA
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Runtime:
Spain:222 min (DVD edition) | UK:330 min (2000 restoration) | USA:235 min (1981 restored version) | 313 min (20 fps) (cinémathèque française print) | West Germany:240 min | UK:333 min (Blu-Ray digital restoration)
Country:
Color:
Black and White | Black and White (tinted) (some sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (1981 re-release) | Mono | Silent
Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1966) | Norway:7 | South Korea:All (2004) | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:G (1981 re-release) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Several cast and crew members were severely wounded as a result of an unscheduled explosive detonation. Among the injured was director Abel Gance.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the teacher introduces the island of Saint Helena, Napoleon's quill varies between being in his hand and being on his book.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Thrill of Being In Love (Love Theme of Napoleon and Josephine)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Abel Gance was a Visionist, 21 February 2001
Author: director1616 from Los Angeles, California, USA

"Napoleon" is an absolute masterpiece in the world's history of filmmaking. In 1927, it was completely overshadowed by the technology of "The Jazz Singer". And that was a real tragedy for decades. Abel Gance is a director I will always admire for his innovation in filmmaking that still is impressive in the 21st Century. He mounted cameras on skis and swings to give the audience the effects that he wanted to convey, and it works perfectly. I was impressed by two great scenes - the 'ocean storm' scene and the final battlefield scene, which was done in the tints of the three colors of the French flag. Any aspiring director should study the techniques of Abel Gance, because the brilliance of this great director would be inspiring! Gance was also instrumental in perfect casting. Though Albert Dieudonne was older, as actors go, he was perfectly cast as Napoleon. If this was an American film and not a French film, I'm sure it would be considered as one of the greatest films ever made by AFI and other organizations.

I was glad that Abel Gance was able to see the affection that audiences had for this film in the late 1980's and early 1990's when the film went on a world tour with a world class orchestra. It would have been sad if Gance had passed on without knowing that his film was considered a masterpiece. If their was ever a silent film that 'pulls out all of the stops', this film is it. Viva Le Gance - the Visionist!

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