Napoléon Bonaparte (1935)

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A reedited version of Abel Gance's silent masterpiece 'Napoléon vu par Abel Gance', with sound effects added, dialogue post-dubbed, and with new scenes filmed with additional new cast ... See full summary »


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Director:

Abel Gance

Writers:

Abel Gance (dialogue), Abel Gance (screenplay)

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17 December 2007 | mccgarden
A movie that movie directors should see
I have been entranced with movie since I saw it as its premier in Sacramento in 1983. It is a silent movie with titles, and a musical score. As I recall in Sacramento, a live piano player was provided. I believe this movie to be a fore-runner of current filming techniques. I understand that the director filmed part of it while on horseback and swinging the cameras above his head tied to a rope. The movie does not transfer to television well, as the grand final scene required more than one screen, in order to give the theater audiences a three dimension effect in the grand conclusion. On a television set, the multiple screen effect is like 3 post cards in a row on the screen. I had trouble getting used to the actors in their stiff clothes, but after awhile it was fine. We do get used to current actors being very good looking. I did not think some of the costumes were quite correct, particularly those of Josephine who was fond of wearing sort of see-through clothing, but maybe that would have been too racy for 1930 audiences.

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