NAPOLEON (Abel Gance, 1927)

Of the original 5½ hours of Abel Gance’s silent Napoléon, the version produced by Francis Ford Coppola retains four. It is less than perfectly whole in another way. Gance was unable to continue the six-film series for want of funding.      Thin, grandiose, overloaded with technical flourishes that are less expressive than indulgently displayed: Is Gance’s […]