Napoleon (1927) - Biography, Drama, History

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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko
Length: 240 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 3 out of 59 found boring (5.08%)

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"Napoléon" is however a great exception and is a very entertaining movie to watch, since there is always a lot happening and of course the actual story of Napoléon Bonaparte is an absolutely compelling and historically interesting one.

In this sequence, the frame splits into nine subliminal images; as Napoleon watches his men entering Italy, the screen expands on each side to form a breathtaking panorama, then changes into three coordinated views of the scene…The National Convention seems to sway and rock as Napoleon makes his escape from Corsica in a storm-tossed sailboat…The Gallic of cabaret singers, Damia, leads French troops into battle personifying 'La Marseillaise'… 'Napoleon' is like one grand musical composition.

One of the most thrilling experiences of my life.

Pros:Even though it's five hours, the movie details the story Napoleon's early life, in a very entertaining way.

This is one of the most beautiful and evocative films ever made – and is certainly one of my "top ten" movies of all time.

A Stunning Masterpiece.

Stunning,excellent,A Masterpiece.

" But perhaps one of the reasons why this film is so fascinating is that it delves deeply into the formative episodes in Napoleon's early life and gives as much importance to them as to his later actions on the battlefield in Italy, his tenure as emperor, and his subsequent exile, return, and exile.

A compelling and great work of art.

The final battle scenes were awe inspiring.

From the very first sequence, with the 'battle' in the snow, Gance sets a high standard - like most of what follows, the scene is interesting, entertaining, and revealing, filmed in a detailed setting, with direction and photography that make that most of the possibilities.

Breathtaking Cinema.

Presumably they believe that shots of still pictures from the actual period in question are too 'static' and 'boring' for today's audiences.

At times, the contrast and color is so intense that it is very literally difficult to understand the images.

But when or if you ever see this picture, you take out some of the gigantic sets and throw in multi-layered sequences, frequent, rapid cuts, rapid tracking shots and the stunning trypytch climax, you would've never thought you knew just how "big" something big could be.

The restoration shows just how great the direction is, and while it is 7 hours long, there have been few films made about a single persons life that are so compelling and comprehensive.

Of course the movie also features all of the usual ingredients such as the typical fast paced and cut together Gance style of editing.

Bad picture quality and fastened scenes made this film a bit boring in some places (particularly Revolution scenes).

The movie itself is enthralling most of the time with a slight lull in the section where Napoleon is on trial(seems to be missing some things).

This is a truly stunning film.