Saturday, March 24, 2012

Napoleon in the news and in pictures

Napoleon's four day stand at the Oakland Paramount in Oakland, California begins today! The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is presenting Kevin Brownlow's restoration of Abel Gance's epic masterpiece for four performances only on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1. For this special event, Carl Davis will conduct the Oakland East Bay Symphony in a performance of his original score. More info about this very special event, as well as remaining ticket availability, can be found at

For awesome behind-the-scenes pictures of the theater set up - including the arrival of the film (all 17 reels), the building of a special projection booth, the construction of a mammoth screen, and Carl Davis' rehearsal of the Oakland East Bay Symphony - be sure and check out film preservationist and blogger Rob Byrne's Flicker stream. Here are a couple of them.

Another fine slide show of behind-the-scenes images and other pictures can be found at the Oakland Tribune's article on the event, "Napoleon conquers the Paramount in Oakland." Academy Award winner Kevin Brownlow has dubbed this complex production "live cinema." Don't miss the "greatest film ever made" and what promises to the "silent film event of the year."

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