88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
A bit of a treat for the final day of the year (or depending on your point of view, a real slog) as Kevin Brownlow's lifelong labour of love, a restoration of Abel Gance's 1927 epic - all 330min of it - arrives at the Filmhouse for one screening only, and on their biggest screen at that (particularly noteworthy for the final act of the film).
Gance's heroic depiction of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte is an undisputed cinema landmark. Renowned for its groundbreaking technical innovations, including a stunning triptych finale, Gance's visionary epic traverses many of the formative experiences that shaped Napoleon's rapid advancement. Cool under pressure, Bonaparte overcomes fierce rivals, deadly seas and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. The story's chapters play out in exhilarating fashion, tied together by an incredible feat of editing and technical ingenuity.
With an equally enthralling, newly recorded score composed and conducted by Carl Davis, this new digital restoration presents the silent masterpiece in all of its grandiose glory, with rich velvety blacks combining with gorgeously coloured tints and tones. Truly a magnificent big-screen experience.
"A masterpiece of cinematic invention" - Stanley Kubrick
Please note that the film will feature three intervals - a 30 minute break, and two further 10 minute breaks.