Napoléon (1927)

 


 

Abel Gance's 1927 Masterpiece [reissue]

A film about the French Field Marshal\’s youth and early military career. Full summary »

Genre: Biography,Drama,History,War

Napoléon (1927)
   
Release Date: 17 February 1929 (USA)
Country: France
Director: Abel Gance
Cast:
  • Albert Dieudonné
  • Vladimir Roudenko
  • Edmond Van Daële
  • Alexandre Koubitzky
  • Antonin Artaud
  • Abel Gance
  • Gina Manès
  • Suzanne Bianchetti
  • Marguerite Gance
  • Yvette Dieudonné
  • Philippe Hériat
  • Pierre Batcheff
  • Eugénie Buffet
  • Acho Chakatouny
  • Nicolas Koline


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32 Responses to Napoléon (1927)

  1. TheZGDK
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    To get Coppola to give in? For someone who loves film and film history he sure is being a bastard, guess we’ll have to wait until he dies.

  2. kubrick2899
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    I was just wondering if anyone else noticed the nudity in the film during the party sequence three hours in (in the Coppola version). For a film made in 1927 and rated G in 1981, I was pretty taken aback by it. Of course, I was awestruck by every sequence in this magnificent masterpiece. Anyway, like I said, I was just curious what anyone else thought about that sequence.

    "Film is an art at its highest level." Paul Joyce, REMEMBERING STANLEY KUBRICK

  3. Kinski_Twist
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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news and would never go out of my way to smear someones reputation, but this is disgusting. If you consider yourself a cinephile, then read about what Francis is doing to Abel Gance’s "Napoleon".

    Here’s a link to the full discussion and story, told by someone who knows what he’s talking about:

    http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1414

    Part of the most important post:

    "Recently, Coppola’s lawyers sent a heap of threatening papers to the BFI. That the 2004 screenings DID go ahead in spite of Coppola’s threats was an encouraging sign, but any hope of further screenings or a DVD emerging has now been set back indefinitely.

    Also, as the final paragraph of the latest edition of Brownlow’s book on the restoration said, a fragment of film has turned up in Denmark that may be the last existing piece of NAPOLEON that will be found. I was lucky enough to be shown this brief piece of 35mm film: it is an incredibly beautiful conclusion to an early scene. This new fragment means that a slight alteration of the existing print is necessary, along with an alteration to Davis’ score. However, whether this will be able to seen is another matter entirely. Coppola and co. are suppressing this masterpiece in a continued display of unbelievable selfishness and philistinism.

    Francis Ford Coppola had been so impressed with NAPOLEON when he saw it at Telluride that he decided to fund a restoration and get his father to compose music to accompany the film. Meanwhile, Thames Television sponsored Carl Davis to write a score for the UK version of the same restoration. The new restoration was screened with Davis’ score in London in 1980. This same version was then given to Coppola and his Zoetrope Studio. In October 1981, audiences at Radio City saw the film with Carmine Coppola’s score. However, the US version of the film was not the same as the UK version. Coppola not only removed sections of the film to decrease the run-time, but also showed the film at 24 frames-per-second, instead of the correct 20 fps. Yet, despite these fundamental changes, Coppola still announced his version was “the restoration”.

    Not only was the fps incorrect and the film cut down, but the tinting done by Robert Harris and Zoetrope further adds to the detriment of the Coppola version. Brownlow had kept a precisely detailed record of the original tinting patterns from the original prints he had examined. Fully aware of this, Harris and co. went ahead with their own tinting (another example of their inadequate preparation for their version). The tinting in the Coppola version alternates between unnatural, synthetic-looking colours, a washed out blue, a hideous red-pink, and violent reds and oranges. It is often over-saturated and nearly always ugly.

    Other than the final triptych blue-white-red, the 1980s UK version was not tinted. The latest restoration, however, is tinted and toned using original dye-bath methods (thanks to the work of Joao Oliveira). The results are spectacular – rich, authentic colours, beautiful saturation…

    "They claimed their cut version was ‘the restoration’. They decided not to take advantage of the 1983 discoveries, and the version they still distribute, to my embarrassment, has all the crudities and all the mistakes of my first effort. It must be the only case in which a restoration was heavily cut and then claimed as more of a restoration than the restoration itself.” (Brownlow, Napoleon – Abel Gance’s classic film, London: Photoplay Productions, 2004, p. 239.)

    "Coppola et al.’s schemes are currently to simply stall the Brownlow/BFI version from being seen/heard/put on dvd. However, he HAS made the demand for the new footage to be given to him and Zoetrope. This demand accompanied Zoetrope’s proposal to expand Carmine Coppola’s score to fit the extended 330+ minute version. Given that Coppola’s current version and thus his current amount of music amounts to only 225 minutes, this leaves him over 100 minutes short of music. The composer of his music is also deceased. The degree of absurdity in demanding footage from people one is trying to sue simply for having that footage and wanting to show it is remarkable."

    Please, please, please take some time to read the rest of La Clé du Ciel’s post. This is inexcusable, modern day iconoclasm and should not be tolerated.

    Also, bear in mind that I’ve taken samples of the thread and that to have a total grip on the story and how audacious it really is, you’ll have to read the whole account.


  4. suckerdwsp316
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    Its torture. Pure torture. It could be the greatest thing ever, but just sitting in one place for 4, 5 or even 6 hours watching a silent film cannot be a great experience. If/when I do see it, I’ll have to spread it out over two sittings.

  5. guidofellini
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    I have downloaded on Emule a copy of the film. But I don’t know which one it is. I don’t see the name of F.F. Coppola in the end credits. However Kevin Brownlow is mentionned. I don’t know is this is the 1981 cut or 1983 cut or any other version. If I upload it on a hosting website, could anyone tell me which version it is ? Thank you very much.

    That is one of the beautifulest films I have ever seen.

    "I don’t have time for a drink with you. Have you got a phone number ?"

    The Mother and the Whore

  6. SeeBlind
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    Since this movie got an 8.7, why isn’t on the top 250 list?

    "I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this." – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  7. MaximusXXX
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    NOTHING!!!!!

    God damn this stupid society we live in, RE-RELEASE IT YOU A$$HOLES!!!

    Hippies Aren’t People

  8. guidofellini
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    See this website :

    http://www.cine.gr/film.asp?id=712530

    This is in Greek. I don’t understand Greek. Looks like a DVD copy of this film. It says "313’".

    It seems to me that this is the running time. Am I right ?

    313 minutes ? Is this the complete cut by Brownlow screened in London in 2004 ? Am I dreaming ?

    Does anyone read Greek ?

    "I don’t have time for a drink with you. Have you got a phone number ?"

    The Mother and the Whore

  9. jojopuppyfish
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  10. alextuxford
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    I know very little of how Napoleon (the person, not the movie) is viewed in history. Was he seen as a tyrant or a hero, or a bit of both? One of the reasons I would like to find out is that at the end of this movie Napoleon is referred to as ‘The Tempter’. I am wondering if this is supposed to be a biblical referrence likening Napoleon to Satan (Tempter being one of Satan’s titles) or if it is merely a coincidence. Any oppinions on this would be appreciated.

  11. BadMoFo9
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    Also, as purely an account on Napoleon Bonaparte’s life, what events in his career does it chronicle, and is the detail impressive (compared with the actual events)? And where can I see or find this film?

  12. cc_brewster
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    I saw the 1981 Coppola restoration at what I think was the US premiere in Minneapolis, and Gance was present. The great local musician Philip Brunelle played organ for this. Three projectors were used for the battle scene at the end.

    Everyone but me seems enthralled with this movie, but to me it was a static bore that left me scratching my head. I’m interested in all the arts and am quite open to new things. I’m not normally on the philistine side of an artistic issue. I’m currently watching Gance’s "La Roue" on TCM, and it has all that I would want from a silent movie, all that is missing from "Napoleon". Can someone explain what makes "Napoleon" great?

  13. icet2004
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    who agree with me?

  14. armando8898
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    criterion has done such a good job with restorations, especially the passion of joan of arc (1928) that i think it would be justice to this movie to get the same treatment after all these years

  15. kwakkles
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    According to popular culture, the following historical figures are supposedly gay: Napoleon I Bonaparte, US Pres. Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler

    Who is who in homosexuality? All? None? Specific ones are, specific ones are not?

    They’re called fingers, and yet they don’t fing. – Franklin, The Critic

  16. ccewilliams
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    What does the 2000 5 1/2 hour restoration include that the Coppola 4 hour edit doesn’t (besides time difference) I would like to know what I am missing out on. I would be grateful if anyone replied.

  17. ruckyourvil62425
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    the only dvd of this i can find is a 139 minute version and the coppola one on amazon that is not yet relaeased. can someone find me a reliable link for the full version? Thank you.

  18. this_seat_taken
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    Josephine in this film has 1920’s hair, makeup, jewelry, and especially hats.

  19. icet2004
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    this is without a doubt one of the best movies ever created by genius director

    abel gance.should be in the top 250.

  20. bermy88-1
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    4:1!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH! That’s 3 times as wide as a tv. What was the director thinking? There is such a thing as too wide. I am prefectly comfortable with 2.40:1, but anything above that seems to be pushing it. Are there any movies that even have 3:1 or above? And this movie was made in the 20’s, which means that they just decided to make it that wide, before it was conventional to do 2:1, they just up and decided to go extremely wide.

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  21. Invariable Self
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    I am hoping some dedicated restorers are busy getting this one ready to be put on DVD.

    "The books have nothing to say!"

    — Fahrenheit 451

  22. martin_humble
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  23. Clive-Candy
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  24. Void-face
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    I’m fascinated by the aspect ratio. I wanted to know what other films what a higher aspect ratio than 1:35

    Best shows currently on tv: The office and 24.

  25. Alienator
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    If anyone is interested, Abel Gance’s monumental epic, ‘Napoléon’ (1927), will be screened in Rochester New York on February 3rd (Saturday) at The Dryden Theater. The Dryden Theater is located at the historic George Eastman House (900 East Avenue). A restored 35mm print of the film will be screened at 8 PM!

    I would highly recommend attending! The Dryden Theater is a haven for film lovers. Their vast collections of original prints of classic films are in, usually, pristine condition. The Dryden really is a great place, run people who truly love film.

    "Pull the string, pull the string!" -Bela Lugosi

  26. MaximusXXX
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    This is a really hard film to find.

    It’s not a lie if you believe it.

  27. jakecochrane
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    Hi,

    I don’t care about DVD or Video or even web. But are any verisons of this film available to see in the UK?

    Much appriciated,

    Jake.

    ————-

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  28. Clive-Candy
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  29. gregrwalls
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    Does anybody know where I should look to find out when and where thay are screening the definitive version in the U.K.?

  30. markiparkinson87
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    Abel gance is one of the most talented directors of all time, and yet he does not get the praise he so greatly deserves. Napoleon is a masterpiece not only in the silent film arena, but film alltogether. The only other silent film’s that can compare to such a film like Napoleon is, Carl Dreyer,The Passion of Jeanne d’Arc, Murnau’s, The last Laugh,Nosferatu, Sergei M. Eisenstein,The Battleship Potemkin,Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and other film that have high artistic quality from directors I have not mentioned. Napoleon should be released on DVD as fast as possible, and Francis Ford Coppola need’s to relase the rights to this film, so the most updated version can be shown. As a film student I would love to see the full version of this movie;their’s no need for me to mention how revolutionary this film is artistically, that has already been explained various times by critics and film fanatics such as myself. I hope that this film will eventually be released not only on dvd but in theaters.

  31. Clive-Candy
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    I am very intresed in the napolonic wars and all that i was hopeing this film would be avilable on region 2 every other bloddy film has but why knot this one

  32. blazze19800
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    Can somebody give me explications and comments about this movie.Thank you.

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