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Napoléon Bonaparte (1935)

A reedited version of Abel Gance's silent masterpiece 'Napoléon vu par Abel Gance', with sound effects added, dialogue post-dubbed, and with new scenes filmed with additional new cast ... See full summary »

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Abel Gance

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Abel Gance (dialogue), Abel Gance (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dieudonné ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Gina Manès ... Josephine de Beauharnais
Damia ... La 'Marsellaise'
Eugénie Buffet Eugénie Buffet ... Laetitia Bonaparte
Jane Marken ... Marie-Anne (as Marken)
Sylvie Gance Sylvie Gance ... Théroigne de Méricourt (as Marjolaine)
Joseph Squinquel Joseph Squinquel ... Stendhal (as Squinquel)
Georges Mauloy Georges Mauloy ... Crécy (as Mauloy)
Cathelat Cathelat ... Georgin
Henri Baudin Henri Baudin ... Santo-Ricci (as Baudin)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Trista Fleuri (voice) (as Sokoloff)
Nicolas Koline Nicolas Koline ... Tristan Fleuri (as Koline)
Alexandre Koubitzky Alexandre Koubitzky ... Danton / Marseillaise chantée (as Koubitzky)
Samson Fainsilber ... Danton (voice)
Antonin Artaud ... Marat (as Artaud)
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A reedited version of Abel Gance's silent masterpiece 'Napoléon vu par Abel Gance', with sound effects added, dialogue post-dubbed, and with new scenes filmed with additional new cast members. The film recounts the life and exploits of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and conqueror of Europe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 May 1935 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoléon See more »

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Majestic Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Although the soundtrack to this 1934 release is sometimes called stereophonic, Daniel J. Sherlock writes, "The use by Abel Gance of 'stereophonic' sound in the 1930s was actually a process where notches in the film would trigger a sequencer that would turn on and off various surround speakers for enhanced dramatic effects. All speakers were driven by the same monophonic soundtrack." See more »

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Edited into Bonaparte et la révolution (1972) See more »

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A movie that movie directors should see
17 December 2007 | by mccgardenSee all my reviews

I have been entranced with movie since I saw it as its premier in Sacramento in 1983. It is a silent movie with titles, and a musical score. As I recall in Sacramento, a live piano player was provided. I believe this movie to be a fore-runner of current filming techniques. I understand that the director filmed part of it while on horseback and swinging the cameras above his head tied to a rope. The movie does not transfer to television well, as the grand final scene required more than one screen, in order to give the theater audiences a three dimension effect in the grand conclusion. On a television set, the multiple screen effect is like 3 post cards in a row on the screen. I had trouble getting used to the actors in their stiff clothes, but after awhile it was fine. We do get used to current actors being very good looking. I did not think some of the costumes were quite correct, particularly those of Josephine who was fond of wearing sort of see-through clothing, but maybe that would have been too racy for 1930 audiences.


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