Previously at the ICA - Films
13 Nov 2016 – 3 Jan 2017
Please note this screening will include 3 intervals.
Abel Gance’s visionary three-part depiction of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte is an undisputed cinema landmark. Renowned for its groundbreaking technical innovations, including a stunning triptych finale, Gance’s silent epic traverses many of the formative experiences that shaped Napoleon’s rapid advancement. Cool under pressure, Bonaparte overcomes fierce rivals, deadly seas and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. The story’s chapters play out in exhilarating fashion, tied together by an incredible feat of editing and technical ingenuity. With an equally enthralling score composed and conducted by Carl Davis, this new digital restoration presents the masterpiece in all of its grandiose glory, with rich velvety blacks combining with gorgeous tints and tones. Truly a magnificent big-screen experience.
Napoleon, dir. Abel Gance, France 1927, 333 mins + 3 intervals (total run time c. 370mins)
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