Monday, March 12, 2012

Napoleon in the news

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival's upcoming presentation of Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927) is making news.

Photo: Albert Dieudonné in “Napoleon.” Credit: San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Los Angeles-based film historian, writer and regular San Francisco Silent Film Festival attendee Mary Mallory has penned a terrific article on Napoleon and its critical reception. The article was published today on "The Daily Mirror," a blog focusing on Los Angeles history to which Mallory has contributed many articles on local film history. Be sure ansd check it out. The article can be found at

Elsewhere, James Neibaur's equally excellent and informative article on Napoleon appears in the current (Spring 2012) issue of Cineaste magazine. [The article is not available on the Cineaste website.] Neibaur's "The Return of the Emperor" looks at the film's making, it's problematic history, and restoration. The article features interviews with Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stansbury of Photoplay Productions as well as composer Carl Davis. If you don't subscribe, visit your locl newsstand and ask for a copy of Cineaste.

Neibaur is a Madison, Wisconsin-based and widely published film historian with a handful books to his credit including Arbuckle And Keaton: Their 14 Film Collaborations (2006), The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia (2010), and Early Charlie Chaplin: The Artist as Apprentice at Keystone Studios (2011). Forthcoming is Stan without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927 (2012).

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is presenting Kevin Brownlow's restoration of Abel Gance's  Napoleon for four performances only on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1. This once in a generation cinematic event is set to take place in Oakland, California at the Oakland Paramount. Carl Davis will conduct the Oakland East Bay Symphony. More info and ticket availability at

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  1. Graham Fuller's article on Abel Gance's "Napoleon" in ArtInfo --