A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (imdb)
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Directed By: Abel Gance
Written By: Abel Gance
AKA: Abel Gance's Napoleon
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So masterfully filmed, it's mind-blowing. The energy, intensity, quality and brilliance never lets up. Gance's command of cinematic language is awe-inspiring. Cross-cutting, rapid editing, flashbacks, superimpositions and the triple-screen ending; he exploits technique to the fullest to enhance his storytelling. And a great story it is, too, with one of history's most fascinating characters at the center. A compelling tale full of drama, intrigue, action, comedy and romance.
Hard to wrap your head around. Such a staggering, immense work of creative and emotional power. There are points at which the screen feels so alive, it seems on the verge of pulling itself apart. I viewed the 1989 Brownlow version, with Carl Davis' wonderful score.
The rapid cuts, the camera movement, the wonderful score, the compelling story, there's nothing this film doesn't do right.
What an incredible masterpiece. I was completely blown away by the early yet already masterful use of film techniques we now take for granted. The Coppola score combines fantastically with the dynamic, gripping visuals. Must be seen to be believed, my bumbling words can't really convey the sheer epic effort in both storytelling and filmmaking.
Scale wise, Abel Gance has constructed a monstrous production. Its only 1927 yet so many filming techniques are on show to such an incredible extent. The orchestral score is staggering and makes me wish I could see this film in a cinema. Napoleon Bonaparte's story is shown and told in so many ways that only makes other biopics seem so feeble in comparison.
I can't take all the damn camera waving. It's the first of a long line of "art" films in which the director grabs you by the lapels and screams in your face, "CAN'T YOU SEE HOW BRILLIANT I AM"
My rating is based on an unreleased Nazi-edited short version (only runs 94 min.), often called "Hitler's version" as it supposedly were in German possession during WWII. And perhaps the German effektivität paid off: Allthough the triptych-climax was missing, it was tight, mad and had lots of oomph, celebrating power, strength, order, catapulting Napoléon, literally, to übermensch..."Ein Führer war da!" (I'm guessing Hitler liked it too).
Easily one of the all-time greatest achievements of the art form and perhaps in the Top 3 of silent cinema. Gance, utilizing every possible tool and editing trick in the book, made a sprawling and astounding epic.
(2x, Music in 12 Parts) Napoleon standing on a pile of corpses on the battlefield, probably contemplating his next advance. Now, this may as well be what Kinski drew inspiration from. Gance's rendition of Bonaparte has no apologies, no -your hero of day infact had many inherent weaknesses-, it's lasersight delivery of one of the inhuman persona in history. And the sheer size of it is jawdropping. If a movie is shot today with the techniques within here it'd be considered reforming.
A mind-boggling array of technical and aesthetic craftsmanship. Peerless.
Watching this not long after 'War and Peace' (1967) proved seriously unwise. What I thought would be an inspired companion piece came off as wildly inferior. Also, I had expected the triptych to be used much more than just in the last few scenes. So please understand that my rating is supposed to reflect my lack of enjoyment - I'm not saying it's uninteresting from a film historical perspective or that it wasn't an achievement in 1927 - it's just that I can't really recommend sitting through it.
This towering masterpiece is one of the greatest films ever made, and has been superbly reconstructed. The fact that Gance directed this epochal and visually stunning biography in 1925-1927 makes the film all the more remarkable.
Saw the 5 1/2 hr 2016 digital restoration at the BFI Southbank. One of the best cinema experiences a film fan could possibly have. Aside from some dragging in Act III, this clips along at a remarkable pace, with cinematography and editing which is astounding even now. I can't imagine how groundbreaking this must have been when it was first released. Gance has such a blatant crush on Napoleon tho, he gushes about him like crazy
Holy SHIT. This is a technically flawless film. The only dip is the 20-minute sequence about The Terror, which is indispensable from a narrative standpoint but lacks the sheer energy that makes the other 3 hours 40 minutes so mindblowing. The editing. The multiple exposures. Dieudonne's performance. The ending. It bears repeating: holy SHIT. Everything you've heard about it is true. Find a copy and watch it IMMEDIATELY.
One of the more impressive cinematic epics of the silent era. The acting and everything about the production is top tier, and master craftsman Abel Gance utilizes each and every lighting and editing trick available to a mid-1920s filmmaker. As a historical biography this is obviously a seminal work whose thumbprint marks the genre to this day. I wish I knew the material well enough to judge its historical accuracy, but its seeming sympathy to Bonaparte is perhaps problematic.
The sheer ambition of NAPOLEON would be enough to secure its place in film history, and what it accomplishes in terms of editing, cinematography, and production design are on a par with anything that has come since. And in Albert Dieudonne, Abel Gance found as perfect a Napoleon as one could hope for. The romantic elements (most of which are complete fabrication) are distressingly mediocre, but they can be overlooked in favor of such marvels as the soaring final triptych. Brisk at 5 1/2 hours.
Totally worth over five hours of my life, but the version I saw didn't reproduce the triptych and now I'm super bummed.
|Average Percentile 77.96% from 369 Ratings|