Napoléon Reviews

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August 5, 2020
Above all, there is energy, extravagance, ambition, orgiastic pleasure, high drama and the desire for endless victory: not only Napoleon's destiny but everyone's most central hope.
August 5, 2020
The result is a film to be enjoyed for its elaborate spectacles rather than for its interest as a dramatic summary of Napoleon's early life.
August 5, 2020
In its glory and intermittent absurdity, the stunning Napoléon is more than movie enough.
August 5, 2020
At the heart of all these great scenes lies a great central performance. Albert Dieudonné's measured expressions and fierce gaze give Napoleon the exact authority and self-belief required to portray a man able to move hostile crowds to his point of view.
August 5, 2020
What a joy to behold!
March 26, 2020
A magnificent monstrosity, Napoléon offers refined beauty, raw thrills and a thousand and one reasons to adore the cinema.
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
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.
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