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Abel Gance’s Napoleon Movies Online Streaming Guide

The story of Napoleon’s elife

  • Napoleon

    April 7, 1927

    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.

  • Napoléon Bonaparte

    November 5, 1935

    A second version of Gance’s Napoléon, with sound.

  • Austerlitz

    June 17, 1960

    The first half of this film covers Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor and political manoeuvrings while the second half covers the actual battle.

  • Bonaparte et la révolution

    November 24, 1972

    Abel Gance’s 1971 sound edition of his epic 1927 ‘Napoleon’, which contains much of the silent original, with new material shot and added in both 1965 and 1971, and with sound synchronization from both the 1932 reissue and this version.

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