Napoleon (1927)

A massive 5 1/2 hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797 (the film stops there because it was intended to be part one of six, but director Abel Gance never raised the money to make the other five). The film's legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story, culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages projected simultaneously on three screens.

  • Abel Gance
  • Abel Gance
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  • Release Date: 1927-04-07
  • Language: No Language
  • Country: FR
  • Runtime: 333
  • Revenue: $39,448

Henry Krauss


Suzanne Bianchetti

Queen Marie-Antoinette of France


La Marseillaise

Albert Dieudonné

Napoléon Bonaparte

Edmond van Daële

Maximilien Robespierre

Antonin Artaud

Jean-Paul Marat

Abel Gance

Louis Antoine Léon from Saint-Just

Gina Manès

Joséphine, Viscountess of Beauharnais

Nicolas Koline

Tristan Fleuri

Pierre Batcheff

General Louis Lazare Hoche


Violine Fleuri and Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary

Boris de Fast

The Green Eye

Francine Mussey

Anne Lucile Philippe Laridon Duplessis

Maurice Schutz

Filippo Antonio Pasquale di Paoli

Suzy Vernon

Madame Juliette Récamier
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