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When he was fifteen, Kevin Brownlow saw two reels of the 1927 Napoleon, and it changed his life. The film was more daring, both technically and artistically, than anything he had ever seen. How could it have been forgotten? Brownlow got in touch with the film's director and tracked down members of its cast and crew. He discovered that the making of the film was as much ofWhen he was fifteen, Kevin Brownlow saw two reels of the 1927 Napoleon, and it changed his life. The film was more daring, both technically and artistically, than anything he had ever seen. How could it have been forgotten? Brownlow got in touch with the film's director and tracked down members of its cast and crew. He discovered that the making of the film was as much of an epic as the film itself. In 1967, he began an attempt to restore Napoleon. The work took years, but eventually Napoleon was presented, with live orchestra, to a new generation, and, as one critic put it, it became "the measure for all other films, forever." This book tells the dramatic story of Napoleon's incredible revival and also serves as a wonderful introduction and companion to the film. * Contains free CD of Carl Davis' original score...

Title : Napoleon
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ISBN : 9780394721163
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Napoleon Reviews

  • Judy
    2019-02-06 19:47

    Last year I was lucky enough to see Abel Gance's silent epic 'Napoléon' on the big screen at the Royal Festival Hall in London, with a live orchestra conducted by Carl Davis. Film historian Kevin Brownlow was present and I bought a signed copy of this fascinating book. It traces his life-long love affair with the film, after seeing a section of it as a teenager. The book explains how the film was made, which is an amazing story in itself, then goes on to how it was all but lost - and found again, thanks to Brownlow. Over the decades he tracked down lost footage and, as an expert film restorer, literally pieced the film back together, as well as building a sometimes difficult relationship with the great director. Ironically, although this book can be bought, the film itself still isn't available for home viewing because of a long-running rights wrangle.

  • Raul
    2019-02-17 16:31

    Wow. A masterpiece in the cannon of film history literature. What a giant Abel Gance was but, also, how lucky we are that a film enthusiast and historian such as Kevin Brownlow exists--he's well deserving of a second honorary Oscar for his contributions to film history and film preservation.

  • Michael Kocher
    2019-01-31 18:33

    A feel good narrative about the love one can have for a film. I am far more interested in Brownlow than Abel Gance or his 'Napoleon'