Napoleon (1927)

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1927-04-07
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 103 ratings
  • Runtime: 5h 33min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Société Westi
  • Production Country: France
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From 103 Ratings
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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.

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Crew Eugen Schüfftan Special Effects
Visual Effects Eugen Schüfftan Visual Effects Supervisor
Art Pierre Schild Art Direction
Camera Léonce-Henri Burel Director of Photography
Camera Léonce-Henri Burel Additional Photography
Art Eugène Lourié Art Direction
Editing Marguerite Beaugé Assistant Editor
Camera Roger Hubert Additional Photography
Directing Abel Gance Director
Editing Abel Gance Editor
Writing Abel Gance Writer
Sound Arthur Honegger Original Music Composer
Camera Jules Kruger Director of Photography
Directing Anatole Litvak Assistant Director
Directing Georges Lampin Assistant Director
Crew Segundo de Chomón Special Effects
Directing Viktor Tourjansky Assistant Director
Art W. Percy Day Painter
Directing Alexandre Volkoff Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Boris de Fast Makeup Artist
Directing Jean Mitry Assistant Director
Camera Joseph-Louis Mundwiller Director of Photography
Camera Joseph-Louis Mundwiller Additional Photography
Directing Henry Krauss Assistant Director
Directing Henri Andréani Assistant Director
Art Serge Piménoff Assistant Art Director
Camera Fédote Bourgasoff Camera Operator
Production Constantin Geftman Unit Manager
Crew Nicolas Wilcke Special Effects
Crew Nicolas Wilcke Prop Maker
Camera Nikolai Toporkoff Director of Photography
Art Alexandre Lochakoff Art Direction
Art Vladimir Meingard Assistant Art Director
Art Georges Jacouty Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Jeanne Lanvin Costume Design
Directing Mario Nalpas Assistant Director
Camera Émile Pierre Additional Photography
Camera Monniot Camera Operator
Production Noë Bloch Production Manager
Production Henry de Cazotte Producer
Production Hugo Stinnes Producer
Production Wengeroff Producer
Production Louis Osmont Casting
Production Louis Osmont Unit Production Manager
Art Alexandre Benois Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Mme. Augris Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Georges Charmy Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Mme. Neminsky Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Sauvageau Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Wladimir Kwanine Makeup Artist
Production Edouard de Bersaucourt Production Manager
Production Rene Rufly Unit Manager
Production William Delafontaine Unit Manager
Lighting Albinet Gaffer
Lighting Doublon Gaffer
Lighting Graza Gaffer
Camera Paul Briquet Camera Operator
Camera Lee Planskoy Camera Operator
Lighting Henri Berryer Electrician
Camera Marcel Eywinger Camera Operator
Camera Marcel Eywinger Additional Photography
Editing Henriette Pinson Assistant Editor
Costume & Make-Up Galvin Shoe Design
Crew Paul Minine Special Effects
Crew Edward Scholl Special Effects
Directing Jean Arroy Assistant Director
Directing Pierre Danis Assistant Director
Directing Sacher Purnal Assistant Director
Crew Simon Feldman Technical Supervisor
Directing Simone Surdieux Script Supervisor
Crew Lemirt Armorer
Camera Georges Lucas Additional Photography