Napoléon Reviews

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August 29, 2019
The images of Napoléon provide a spectacular vision of the French Revolution. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 19, 2018
Napoleon is an extraordinary film. It is ambitious, absorbing, intriguing and both historical and contemporary.
April 27, 2018
Abel Gance's Napoleon is an incomparable theatrical experience. It is spectacle as only the cinema can convey it.
May 9, 2017
Inspires that wonderfully satisfying theatrical experience of whole-heartedly cheering a hero and hissing villains, while also providing the uplift that comes from a real work of art.
December 18, 2016
Abel Gance's 1927 film Napolon -- which dramatises the little corporal's ascent -- is a reminder of just how many of the techniques of epic cinema come from the silent days.
November 13, 2016
This magnificent piece of cinema history should be seen on the biggest screen possible.
November 11, 2016
It's a national origin myth, a monument to resistance and an enormous spectacle; a work of expansive genius, restored to us by a considerable labour of love.
November 10, 2016
Seen on the big screen in its new digitally cleaned up version with its Carl Davis score, Abel Gance's 1927 masterpiece Napoleon is a truly startling experience.
November 10, 2016
I urge you to see it.
November 10, 2016
Gance's Napoleon looks startlingly futuristic and experimental, as if we are being shown something from the 21st century's bleeding edge. It's as if it has evolved beyond spoken dialogue into some colossal mute hallucination
November 7, 2016
Charting 30 years of Napoleon's life over five-and-a-half hours, Abel Gance's 1927 silent epic demands serious commitment.
February 21, 2014
It turned out to be a commercial flop because the film cost too much to make.
February 26, 2013
There is in this edition of the picture an effort to cover too many historical incidents and the consequence is that quite a number of the passages are confused.
February 26, 2013
Like D.W. Griffith, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, but mostly James Cameron, Gance understood the thrill of the cinematic event and had the hubris to bring it off.
February 26, 2013
Napoleon is the last great silent epic. We will not see its like again.
February 26, 2013
Gance's use of subjective camera was almost recklessly ambitious in its bid to give the spectator the most visceral viewing sensation, while his skill in blending and multiplying images was unprecedented.
April 3, 2012
In this case the form itself is equal to the subject. For Gance and for Napoleon, there are no small gestures.
March 29, 2012
Gance uses techniques not much associated with silent film, like a hand-held camera, multiple superimpositions, split split screen, rapid-fire editing and flashbacks to rivet the audience's attention and bring history to vivid life.
March 26, 2012
The experience it provides - at times, akin to taking a drug - is unlike anything I've ever experienced in a movie theater.
March 18, 2012
... a cinematic experience like no other.
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