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french revolution biography black and white political campaign silent film french impressionism


Release Date: April 07, 1927

Year    :   1927
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, History, War
Production Companies    :   Pathé Consortium Cinéma, Société générale des films, Films Abel Gance, Isepa-Wengeroff Film, Ciné France, Société Westi
Director    :   Abel Gance
Producers    :   Constantin Geftman, Noë Bloch, Henry de Cazotte, Hugo Stinnes, Wengeroff, Louis Osmont, Louis Osmont, Edouard de Bersaucourt, Rene Rufly, William Delafontaine
Writers    :   Abel Gance
RunTime    :   333 mins.
Revenue    :   39448

A biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte, tracing the Corsican's career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign) to his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797. Originally intended to be the first of six films, director Abel Gance realized the full project would be nigh impossible, and never raised the money to complete the other five. The film's legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story, culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages projected simultaneously on three screens.

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