For the first time in over 30 years, Abel Gances Napoleon is coming to the Paramount Theater in Oakland for only four shows. In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola toured a four hour version of the film now, thanks to the work of film historian Kevin Brownlow, a restored 5 ½ version will be shown with a full orchestra and the original three screen Polyvision is was meant to be viewed in.
A wonderful story in last Sundays San Francisco Chronicle brought this presentation to light for me. I have heard of this supposed holy grail of silent film for years but never imagined having the ability to be able to see it as it was intended. I would highly recommend reading that article here. It explains the massive undertaking that went into bringing this presentation to life and wonderful details about what a special film this truly is. Imagine double exposure, split screens, and all spread out over three screens lined up left to right. Nobody has ever seen this version in the United States you could be one of the first.
Im itching to see this but sadly, I cant find anyone willing to spend 5 ½ hours of their weekend watching a silent film about the early years of Napoleon with me. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to see a rare silent film skip seeing The Artist come see Napoleon with Mr. Blahg!
All details for the film, including tickets, are available at silentfilm.org/napoleon-home.php.
Foux Du Fafa,
Cornelius J. Blahg