Napoléon is a 1927 silent French epic film written, produced, and directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of Napoleon's early years. On screen, the title is Napoléon vu par Abel Gance, meaning "Napoleon as seen by Abel Gance". The film is recognised as a masterwork of fluid camera motion, produced in a time when most camera shots were static. Many innovative techniques were used to make the film, including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, a wide variety of hand-held camera shots, location shooting, point of view shots, multiple-camera setups, multiple exposure, superimposition, underwater camera, kaleidoscopic images, film tinting, split screen and mosaic shots, multi-screen projection, and other visual effects. A revival of Napoléon in the mid-1950s influenced the filmmakers of the

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  • Napoléon is a 1927 silent French epic film written, produced, and directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of Napoleon's early years. On screen, the title is Napoléon vu par Abel Gance, meaning "Napoleon as seen by Abel Gance". The film is recognised as a masterwork of fluid camera motion, produced in a time when most camera shots were static. Many innovative techniques were used to make the film, including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, a wide variety of hand-held camera shots, location shooting, point of view shots, multiple-camera setups, multiple exposure, superimposition, underwater camera, kaleidoscopic images, film tinting, split screen and mosaic shots, multi-screen projection, and other visual effects. A revival of Napoléon in the mid-1950s influenced the filmmakers of the French New Wave. The film begins in Brienne-le-Château with youthful Napoleon attending military school where he manages a snowball fight like a military campaign, yet he suffers the insults of other boys. It continues a decade later with scenes of the French Revolution and Napoleon's presence at the periphery as a young army lieutenant. He returns to visit his family home in Corsica but politics shift against him and put him in mortal danger. He flees, taking his family to France. Serving as an officer of artillery in the Siege of Toulon, Napoleon's genius for leadership is rewarded with a promotion to brigadier general. Jealous revolutionaries imprison Napoleon but then the political tide turns against the Revolution's own leaders. Napoleon leaves prison, forming plans to invade Italy. He falls in love with the beautiful Joséphine de Beauharnais. The emergency government charges him with the task of protecting the National Assembly. Succeeding in this he is promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Interior, and he marries Joséphine. He takes control of the army which protects the French–Italian border, and propels it to victory in an invasion of Italy. Gance planned for Napoléon to be the first of six films about Napoleon's career, a chronology of great triumph and defeat ending in Napoleon's death in exile on the island of Saint Helena. After the difficulties encountered in making the first film, Gance realised that the costs involved would make the full project impossible. Napoléon was first released in a gala at the Palais Garnier (then the home of the Paris Opera) on 7 April 1927. Napoléon had been screened in only eight European cities when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought the rights to it, but after screening it in London, it was cut drastically in length, and only the central panel of the three-screen Polyvision sequences were retained before it was put on limited release in the United States. There, the film was indifferently received at a time when talkies were just starting to appear. The film was restored in 1981 after twenty years' work by silent film historian Kevin Brownlow. (en)
  • Napoléon est le titre de référence d'un film historique français, réalisé par Abel Gance, sorti initialement en 1927, dont le titre à l'écran est Napoléon vu par Abel Gance. Le film est également référencé dans de nombreux ouvrages sous le titre Napoléon Bonaparte, reprenant le titre de la version sonore de 1935. (fr)
  • Napoleon (OT: Napoléon) ist ein französischer Historienfilm von Abel Gance aus dem Jahr 1927, der den Aufstieg Napoléon Bonapartes von seiner Ausbildung an der Kadettenschule bis zum Italienfeldzug zum Inhalt hat. (de)
  • Napoleón es una película muda francesa dirigida por Abel Gance en 1927, y considerada como un clásico del cine mudo. (es)
  • Napoleone è un film del 1927 diretto da Abel Gance ed è considerato un classico del cinema muto francese, fertile di innovazioni tecniche e linguistiche (sovraimpressioni, split screen, macchina da presa mobile, sistema Polyvision). (it)
  • Napoléon is een Franse dramafilm uit 1927 onder regie van Abel Gance. (nl)
  • Napoleon (fr. Napoléon) – monumentalny, niemy film o Napoleonie Bonaparte w reżyserii Abela Gance. Fabuła filmu opowiada o drodze do władzy Napoleona I Bonaparte. W roku 1995, z okazji stulecia narodzin kina, film znalazł się na watykańskiej liście 45 filmów fabularnych, które propagują szczególne wartości religijne, moralne lub artystyczne. (pl)
  • Napoléon é um filme mudo francês do gênero épico, dirigido por Abel Gance. Ele conta a história da ascensão de Napoleão I. Foi planejado para ser o primeiro de seis filmes sobre Napoleão Bonaparte, no entanto os custos envolvidos tornaram isso impossível. Seu primeiro lançamento foi em uma premiére de gala na Ópera de Paris em abril de 1927. Napoléon havia sido exibido em apenas oito cidades européias quando a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comprou os direitos do filme. Após uma exibição intacta em Londres, ele foi drásticamente cortado para a exibição nos Estados Unidos. (pt)
  • «Наполеон» (фр. Napoléon) — французская историческая киноэпопея Абеля Ганса 1927 года. Один из самых дорогостоящих и новаторских проектов эпохи немого кино, однако не имевший коммерческого успеха. (ru)
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  • Napoléon est le titre de référence d'un film historique français, réalisé par Abel Gance, sorti initialement en 1927, dont le titre à l'écran est Napoléon vu par Abel Gance. Le film est également référencé dans de nombreux ouvrages sous le titre Napoléon Bonaparte, reprenant le titre de la version sonore de 1935. (fr)
  • Napoleon (OT: Napoléon) ist ein französischer Historienfilm von Abel Gance aus dem Jahr 1927, der den Aufstieg Napoléon Bonapartes von seiner Ausbildung an der Kadettenschule bis zum Italienfeldzug zum Inhalt hat. (de)
  • Napoleón es una película muda francesa dirigida por Abel Gance en 1927, y considerada como un clásico del cine mudo. (es)
  • Napoleone è un film del 1927 diretto da Abel Gance ed è considerato un classico del cinema muto francese, fertile di innovazioni tecniche e linguistiche (sovraimpressioni, split screen, macchina da presa mobile, sistema Polyvision). (it)
  • Napoléon is een Franse dramafilm uit 1927 onder regie van Abel Gance. (nl)
  • Napoleon (fr. Napoléon) – monumentalny, niemy film o Napoleonie Bonaparte w reżyserii Abela Gance. Fabuła filmu opowiada o drodze do władzy Napoleona I Bonaparte. W roku 1995, z okazji stulecia narodzin kina, film znalazł się na watykańskiej liście 45 filmów fabularnych, które propagują szczególne wartości religijne, moralne lub artystyczne. (pl)
  • Napoléon é um filme mudo francês do gênero épico, dirigido por Abel Gance. Ele conta a história da ascensão de Napoleão I. Foi planejado para ser o primeiro de seis filmes sobre Napoleão Bonaparte, no entanto os custos envolvidos tornaram isso impossível. Seu primeiro lançamento foi em uma premiére de gala na Ópera de Paris em abril de 1927. Napoléon havia sido exibido em apenas oito cidades européias quando a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comprou os direitos do filme. Após uma exibição intacta em Londres, ele foi drásticamente cortado para a exibição nos Estados Unidos. (pt)
  • «Наполеон» (фр. Napoléon) — французская историческая киноэпопея Абеля Ганса 1927 года. Один из самых дорогостоящих и новаторских проектов эпохи немого кино, однако не имевший коммерческого успеха. (ru)
  • Napoléon is a 1927 silent French epic film written, produced, and directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of Napoleon's early years. On screen, the title is Napoléon vu par Abel Gance, meaning "Napoleon as seen by Abel Gance". The film is recognised as a masterwork of fluid camera motion, produced in a time when most camera shots were static. Many innovative techniques were used to make the film, including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, a wide variety of hand-held camera shots, location shooting, point of view shots, multiple-camera setups, multiple exposure, superimposition, underwater camera, kaleidoscopic images, film tinting, split screen and mosaic shots, multi-screen projection, and other visual effects. A revival of Napoléon in the mid-1950s influenced the filmmakers of the (en)
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  • Napoléon (1927 film) (en)
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  • Napoleón (película de 1927) (es)
  • Napoléon (film, 1927) (fr)
  • Napoleone (film 1927) (it)
  • Napoléon (film) (nl)
  • Napoleon (film) (pl)
  • Наполеон (фильм, 1927) (ru)
  • Napoléon (1927) (pt)
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