Napoléon Reviews

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.
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.
November 13, 2016
This magnificent piece of cinema history should be seen on the biggest screen possible.
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
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
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.
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 26, 2009
Albert Dieudonne in the title role is excellent.
June 24, 2006
An almost unimaginably thrilling experience.
February 11, 2006
An extraordinary artifact from another culture, a mythology as remarkable and as alien as the Epic of Gilgamesh or the Icelandic Eddas.
January 1, 2000
Apart from the fireworks the film is blocky, arrhythmic, and resolutely superficial.