Napoleon (PG)

Saturday 20 May - Wednesday 31 May


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Napoleon (PG)

France/1927/370mins/PG. Dir: Abel Gance. With Gina Manes

Tracing Napoleon’s life from a school boy throwing snowballs through to his victory on the battlefield, Gance’s masterpiece pushes the boundaries of the biopic, introducing cinematic innovations at every turn including handheld photography and pioneering widescreen format. The digital restoration was undertaken here in Wales by Dragon Digital.

+ Short introduction from Greg Mothersdale from Dragon Digital on Wed 31 May.

Click here to watch a video about the restoration of the film by Dragon Digital.

The film will be screened with two 15 minute intervals (included in the total running time).

Click here to download the programme notes for Napoleon.

"For its pure ambition, panache and passion, Abel Gance’s 1927 biographical masterpiece is a staggering acheivement... It looks startlingly futuristic and experimental, like something from the 21st century’s bleeding edge"

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