Thursday, December 29, 2016

Napoleon (Abel Gance, 1927)

Breathtaking is the only word for it. Stunning to experience films like this for the first time in the cinema - as it should be, of course. Experimental, enthralling, moving. Yes, it's the film director as hubristic hero (Gance as Napoleon) but why not when the results are this overwhelming? The digital restoration looked great to me, and Davis's score is very effective. My only regret is that the cinema wasn't wide enough to actually triple the width of the screen at the end, so it had to be horizontally squashed.

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