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Abel Gance's Napoleon ()

Napoléon vu par Abel Gance (original title)
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

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Napoléon Bonaparte
Vladimir Roudenko ...
Napoléon Bonaparte enfant
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Maximilien Robespierre
Alexandre Koubitzky ...
Georges-Jacques Danton
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Jean-Paul Marat
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Louis Saint-Just
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Joséphine de Beauharnais
Suzanne Bianchetti ...
La reine Marie-Antoinette
Marguerite Gance ...
Charlotte Corday
Yvette Dieudonné ...
Élisa Bonaparte
Philippe Hériat ...
Antonio Salicetti
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Le général Lazare Hoche
Eugénie Buffet ...
Laetizia Bonaparte
Acho Chakatouny ...
Pozzo di Borgo
Nicolas Koline ...
Tristan Fleuri
Max Maxudian ...
Barras (as Maxudian)
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Violine Fleuri et Désirée Clary
Henri Baudin ...
Santo-Ricci - le berger corse
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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
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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
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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
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Pasquale Paoli
Andrée Standart ...
Thérèse Tallien (as Andrée Standard)
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Madame Récamier (as Susie Vernon)
Petit Vidal ...
Philippeaux
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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)
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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)
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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)
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L'archer vengeur (uncredited)
Fabien Haziza ...
Un Bonaparte (uncredited)
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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)
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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

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Abel Gance

Written by

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Abel Gance ... (written by)

Produced by

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Henri de Cazotte ... producer (uncredited)
Hugo Stinnes ... producer (uncredited)
Wengoroff ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Carmine Coppola ... (1981)
Carl Davis ... (1980)
Arthur Honegger

Cinematography by

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Léonce-Henri Burel
Jules Kruger
Joseph-Louis Mundwiller ... (as Jean-Paul Mundviller)
Nikolai Toporkoff

Film Editing by

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Abel Gance
Frank Hall ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Marguerite Beaugé ... assistant editor
Henriette Pinson ... associate editor

Casting By

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Louis Osmont

Art Direction by

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Alexandre Benois
Alexandre Lochakoff ... (short period)

Costume Design by

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Mme. Augris
Georges Charmy ... (as Charmy)
Mme. Neminsky
Sauvageau ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Boris de Fast ... makeup artist
Wladimir Kwanine ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Noë Bloch ... production manager
Edouard De Bersaucourt ... production manager
Constantin Geftman ... unit manager
Robert A. Harris ... production supervisor
Louis Osmont ... unit production manager
Rene Rufly ... unit manager (as Ruffly)
William Delafontaine ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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Mike Berniker ... recording director: Milan
Keith Klantwitter ... sound engineer (as Keith Klawitter)
Brad Sherman ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Segundo de Chomón ... special effects
Paul Minine ... special effects
Edward Scholl ... special effects
Eugen Schüfftan ... special effects
Nicolas Wilcké ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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W. Percy Day ... matte painter
Eugen Schüfftan ... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Wilcké ... miniature maker

Camera and Electrical Department

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Albinet ... gaffer
Fédote Bourgasoff ... camera operator
Paul Briquet ... camera operator
Léonce-Henri Burel ... additional photographer
Doublon ... gaffer
Rusty Geller ... assistant camera
Graza ... gaffer
Roger Hubert ... additional photographer
Georges Lucas ... additional photographer
Jim McCoy ... camera operator
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

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Jeanne Lanvin ... costumes: Josephine
Galvin ... footwear (uncredited)

Music Department

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Paul Bogaev ... conductor
Carmine Coppola ... conductor / music arranger
Dennis James ... musician: organ
Douglas M. Lackey ... music editor (As Douglas Lackey)
Don MacDougall ... music mixer (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

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Francis Ford Coppola ... presenter
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
Michel Scripnikoff ... production assistant
Simone Surdieux ... script supervisor
Peter Williamson ... tinting supervisor
Louis Osmont ... key accountant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Abel Gance's 1927 Masterpiece [reissue] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Napoleon (United States)
  • Napoleon (Ireland, English title)
  • Napoleon (World-wide, English title)
  • Abel Gance's Napoleon (United States)
  • Napoleon (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 240 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Restored in 1981 after 20 years' work by silent-film historian Kevin Brownlow. See more »
Goofs One of the Corsicans in the inn states "Our fatherland is Italy with the Duke of Savoy". The Duchy of Savoy had ceased to exist in 1713 (eighty years earlier), when the Duchy acquired the Kingdom of Sardinia and the Duke then bore the title of the King of Sardinia. Italy was a geographic place not a political entity at this time. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Napoléon Bonaparte (1935). See more »
Soundtracks The Thrill of Being In Love (Love Theme of Napoleon and Josephine) See more »

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