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Abel Gance's Napoléon

If you love silent film and are lucky enough to be able to be in London on 30th November this is the only place to be.

Witnessing Abel Gance’s majestic 1927 silent depicting Napoleon's early years, sequences of which will be shown in the three-screen Polyvision format devised for the film (long-before Cinerama took hold).

The film has not been seen on the London screens since 2004 and on only three occasions in total since Kevin Brownlow’s first restoration screening in November 1980.

The epic film has been added to and tweaked since the last screening this is very much an all-day event, starting at 1.30 pm and finishing at about 9.30 pm with two intervals plus a 100-minute interval at approx 5pm (to eat or load up with caffeine).

The film will be accompanied by the Philharmonia orchestra and, once again, conducted by Carl Davis playing his stunning score.

Tickets start at a very reasonable £11 and can be purchased here http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/philharmonia-orchestra-71452

For more information look no further than Silent London who has produced a truly indispensable guide, especially useful to those traveling to London for the big event.

http://silentlondon.co.uk/2013/01/19/a-guide-to-london-for-napoleon-tourists/

 

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  • Amanda R.

    Hi all, I hope you all enjoyed the Napoleon event - that was a hell of a day! Sorry I didn't meet up with you on the day. I've reviewed it for Take One, the online journal of the Cambridge Film Festival, http://www.takeonecff.com/2013/napoleon so please have a look! Hope to see some of you at the BK shows in the New Year. Amanda

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Hi Amanda.Nice to hear from you.I will take a look at the review.See you soon.

      December 11, 2013

  • Michelle

    Napoleon was dynamite! So happy to have finally seen it, what a tour-de-force of film-making & orchestration - loved the hurdy-gurdy! I wish Mr Brownlow had also taken a bow on the podium though...

    Thanks so much, Amran, for organising the dinner at such a fitting venue - a Revolutionaries' dining cavern! Hope any anxiety over the organising of us & the meal didn't impinge on your enjoyment of the day. Much appreciated.

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • Amran V.

      You are very welcome Michelle. I had a lovely day and thanks for thinking of me!

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Peter

    Wicked. Nice film too :)
    Either my memory is even worse than I thought or there is so many new footage sliced in since the last 10 year or so.
    Some of the characters even make sense now it became clear where they 'came from'. Up to now some of them just dropped in at one point without any prior introduction. Not a clue why they were there and what they were doing in the story.

    Now.. Anyone in for a re-run ?

    Try Amsterdam on 15 juni 2014 starting at 14:00

    http://www.ziggodome.nl/event/420/Napoleon (dutch)

    this will fit in nicely with that dutch trip you always wanted to make. Peter
    who will NOT organize a dinner..

    December 4, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Tempted Peter, but it may be too soon. What is the Ziggo Dome like?

      December 6, 2013

  • Peter S.

    Fascinating technically speaking plus learned a bit more about the period. The sexy clothes in the Bals des Victimes which I took to be 1920's gloss seem actually to have been accurate (although the Bals might in fact have been no more than rumour) according to what I've since read.

    1 · December 4, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Interesting. What is your source concerning the the Bals des Victimes?

      December 6, 2013

  • Townly C.

    What a film ! Cheers Amran for the great job in organising it.
    Looking forward to the Kevin Brownlow talk on the restoration BFI this Tuesday.

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Amran V.

      You are very welcome Townly. A pleasure to see you.

      December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! That wasn't just a film, it was an event.

    Thanks for organising the meal, Amran.

    December 1, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Wasn't it just! It was a pleasure Clare.

      December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for organising the dinner, Amran! It was a great meetup!

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Amran V.

      You are very welcome Marieke. It was a pleasure seeing you again. Hope to see you soon ay a meetup.

      December 1, 2013

  • Zahra

    Thanks for organising this event Amran. I enjoyed the film and the orchestra - sorry I couldn't make it to dinner. It was a great evening!

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Thanks Zahira. Sorry we did not to chat very much. Hopefully see you at another silent film meetup soon?

      December 1, 2013

    • Zahra

      Yes, hopefully at a Buster Keaton meetup.

      December 1, 2013

  • Hilary

    A very special event, made all the more special by Amran's heroic Napoleonic campaign to marshal us for dinner. Amran, we owe you a big debt of thanks, it must have taken a lot of work to organise. It was absolutely lovely to have dinner pre-arranged, given the tight timeframe, and at such an excellent choice of venue, and to have the opportunity to chat with so many lovely people. Thank you.

    2 · December 1, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Thanks so much Hilary. It was a memorable evening. I was a bit worried that the meals would arrive too late but I think all worked out well. Thankfully, it'll be a while before we have another meetup on this scale.

      December 1, 2013

  • Claudia

    Thank you so much Amran for organising this meet up + the dinner. Nice to meet you all and see you soon! (Sadly i cannot join you on Monday, but there will be more events, i am sure.) :)

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Amran V.

      You are very welcome Claudia. See you soon.

      December 1, 2013

  • Giles G.

    Arriving later at one of the intervals, prob 630?

    November 30, 2013

  • Hilary

    SPARE TICKET if anyone hasn't yet booked who'd love to see this fabulous film, I have a spare ticket to sell as my friend can no longer go - £15 rear stalls.

    October 28, 2013

    • Hilary

      That's great. If you or Dan can't recognise me from my artist's impression avatar, just look out for my distinctive black & white polka dot satchel! I look forward to meeting you.

      1 · November 29, 2013

    • Olivia H.

      Hahahaha! I was thinking that!

      1 · November 29, 2013

  • Zahra

    Hi Amran, I saw the notice about ordering drinks. I didn't see the message until late if its not too late just a tea otherwise you see you there!

    November 28, 2013

  • Claudia

    Hello, i am new as well. I bought my ticket a long time ago, but it would be nice to see you at the intervals and have a chat about the film. Do you plan to meet up somewhere?

    November 26, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Hi and welcome to the group. I'll be sending around details of the meetup arrangements later today. We have a meal organised for the long interval. Might just be able to squeeze you in if you are interested. Details to follow by email.

      November 26, 2013

    • Claudia

      Yes, please. That would be great. :)

      November 28, 2013

  • paul a.

    Evening all...I'm new to the board, recommended by Pamela at the Silent London blogspot. If anyone was unable to get a ticket for this I have a spare. Face value of £12 I think, rear circle.

    November 23, 2013

  • Adele W.

    I'm a wimp. Lack of stamina. So sorry.

    June 25, 2013

    • paul a.

      If anyone is still needing a ticket, I have a spare... Be same to get more legroom :-)

      November 17, 2013

  • Zahra

    Hi Amran,

    I booked my ticket now. I will be seated in the balcony!
    See you on the 30/11.

    September 26, 2013

    • Amran V.

      Excellent. Looking forward to meeting. Actually, I have heard that the balcony is t he best place to be. Better crowd!

      September 26, 2013

  • David M.

    I have a ticket available because a friend can no longer make it. As the Royal Festival Hall does not offer refunds, I would like to pass it on at cost. So, that's a £36 ticket in the Rear Stalls, HH, seat 29. Is there anyone interested?

    September 11, 2013

    • Amran V.

      David - if I hear of anyone who needs a ticket I will be sure to let you know

      September 11, 2013

    • David M.

      Thank you, Amran. Appreciate your help.

      September 12, 2013

  • Townly C.

    Oh go on then ...

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    tickets still avail in stalls

    August 11, 2013

  • Caroline

    Looking forward!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You talked me into it! Count me in.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Amran V.

    I did not know it had been shown in the Netherlands.Was that with a full orchestra?

    I have only seen the film once, at the first London screening in 1980 (I was 16 years old at the time). So, I have not heard the Coppola score but have been told it is very different.

    The Brownlow version of the film with the Davis score has never been released for home viewing but it was shown on Channel 4 a couple of times in the 1980's.

    The Coppola version was released on DVD but is out of print. There is one for sale on Amazon but from what I have read its not worth bothering with.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Napoleon-Dutch-Albert-Dieudonn%C3%A9/dp/B0012TUV16/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1372197409&sr=1-1&keywords=Napoleon+[1927


    I suspect the Coppola litigiousness would prevent a home DVD release for the foreseeable future.

    June 25, 2013

    • Peter

      ... cont.. The first screening was with the Coppola score. At that point I wasn't aware of any of the issue with both film and score. It was a historic event back then. Very rare to see a silent film and with an orchestra. Several years later the same location was used for a second screening with CD's score. Although conducted by someone else. Carl mentioned his name to me once but I forgot.

      June 26, 2013

    • Peter

      ..sigh.. do not press enter.. :) In that case someone may have recorded it from C4 and put it on DVD as a bootleg. The lack of a proper DVD release is indeed due to the copyright issues and all that which also prevented the film being shown again for so long. Maybe because of these screenings a proper 6-pack special limited edition dvd box set will be released. If it helps, I'll design the cover :)

      June 26, 2013

  • Olivia H.

    YES!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for this one! I'm about to book a ticket. Where are you sitting?

    June 25, 2013

    • Peter

      Better hurry Sam, I booked two months ago and most of the premium seats were already gone at that point.

      June 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Peter. Still plenty left in the rear stalls. I've bagged BB25

      June 26, 2013

  • Peter

    So, It was 2004 the last time I saw it. That one at the RFH and before that two screenings back in the late 80s in Den Bosch, over here. A few years apart, one with the Coppola score and one with Carl's score. What a world of difference between them.
    I think Bombastic is the proper word for the Coppola score. Plus the few bits that were left out of the film, censored in the US, would you believe it.

    And: is it my imagination or has there actually been a video release of the Browlow version at one point?

    June 25, 2013

  • Amran V.

    Hi Sam. I am at S26 and S27 (front stalls)

    June 25, 2013

    • Amran V.

      But if you cannot get a seat nearby we can meet over the three breaks. Getting some dinner would be a good idea!

      June 25, 2013

    • Peter

      AA9, rear stalls. From previous visits I recall that it is a good place to sit as well as being able to move a leg now and then.

      June 25, 2013

  • Peter

    Three breakes. Pf. Hopefully they are not too long.
    For dinner breaks between films I usually rely on one of the shops on York Road to provide me with sandwiches and stuff. That juicy steak will have to wait a while longer.

    June 25, 2013

  • Amran V.

    That's a shame. Can we tempt you with a Hitchcock silent at the BFI in August? You can vote here http://www.meetup.com/LondonSilentFilm/polls/849772/

    June 25, 2013

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