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Napoleon


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  Napoleon Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
9.14 /10
 
Starring
Albert Dieudonne, Antonin Artaud, Pierre Batcheff
 

Directed by: Abel Gance
Written by: Abel Gance

 
 
 
Released: 1927
   
Genre: ACTION
DRAMA
IMPORTANT
SILENT
FOREIGN
ROMANCE
COSTUME
BIOPIC
WAR
EPIC
   
Origin: France
   
Colour: BW/C
   
Length: 378
 
 


 
Life and times of a French leader (Albert Dieudonne, pictured).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Like many, I first saw Napoleon in Kevin Brownlow's reconstituted 1981 version, with a live orchestra performing Carl Davis's score, and it was as impressive as it was overlong. Gance has a simplistic view of Bonaparte as a man of destiny; contemporary critical accusations of fascistic intent have some merit. However, its cinematic boldness - especially its use of split-screen, colour and moving camera - remains extraordinary. It was well worth reconstituting.



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