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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
 
 


 
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"This is not cinema. This turns its back on cinema. Better go and see The Ingenue , an American film about the amazon in love, whose finale is a discreet kiss, because it is at least light, fresh, full of rhythmical images, and made with an intuition that is authentically cinematic."
(Luis Bunuel)
"By turns dazzling and intensely irritating... One cannot possibly approve of it... One has no right to let French people, or foreigners for that matter, believe that Napoleon was a kind of Douglas Fairbanks holding out single-handed against a hundred armed opponents, leaping through the window and into the saddle... I... hope that Abel Gance will... never forget that by making light of the history of yesterday he is, without realising it, helping to write the history of tomorrow!"
(Emile Vuillermoz, Le Temps)
"Tediously cumbersome and hopelessly overweighted with symbolic reference."
(Paul Rotha, The Film Till Now, 1930)
“Like eating uncut spaghetti; it seemed to go on forever.”
(Quentin Crisp, Christopher Street)

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