Overview: A massive 5 1/2 hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), 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 (the film stops there because it was intended to be part one of six, but director Abel Gance never raised the money to make 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.
Genres: Drama, History
Actors: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manès, Suzanne Bianchetti, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonné, Eugénie Buffet, Nicolas Koline, Henri Baudin, Daniel Buiret, Georges Cahuzac, Adrien Caillard, Roger Blum, Max Maxudian, Philippe Hériat, Pierre Batcheff, Eugénie Buffet, Acho Chakatouny, Annabella, Alex Bernard, Carrie Carvalho, Sylvio Cavicchia, Léon Courtois, Pierre de Canolle, Gilbert Dacheux, Damia, Pierre Danis, W. Percy Day, Boris de Fast, Guy Favières, Serge Freddy-Karl, Jean Gaudrey, Simone Genevois, Georges Hénin, Jean Henry, Henry Krauss, Harry Krimer, Georges Lampin, Alexandre Mathillon, Genica Missirio, Francine Mussey, Jeanne Pen, Roblin, Jack Rye, Louis Sance, Maurice Schutz, Andrée Standart, Suzy Vernon, Petit Vidal, Robert Vidalin, Louis Vonelly, Jean d
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