Saturday, March 17, 2012

NPR and PBS cover Napoleon

Both National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) have reported on the upcoming San Francisco Silent Film Festival presentation of Napoleon. Kevin Brownlow's restoration of Abel Gance's epic cinematic tour de force will be shown 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 historic Oakland Paramount theater. Carl Davis will conduct the Oakland East Bay Symphony in a performance of his original score. 

The NPR piece, "Napoleon' Returns To Conquer — The Screen" was heard today on radio stations across the United States. Be sure and visit this page on the NPR website to listen to the nearly 7 minute story. (There is also a transcript of the story on the NPR site.) And as well, be sure and check out the two brief audio interview extras with Kevin Brownlow and Carl Davis linked from the NPR page.

Earlier this year, PBS also ran a story titled "1927's 'Napoleon' Set for Grand Premiere" on this historic screening of the silent masterpiece. Commentator Jeffrey Brown spoke with Kevin Brownlow about the film and filmmaker Abel Gance. The nearly 7 minute PBS story is embedded below.

And what's more, the Smithsonian Magazine blog also ran an article on Napoleon. "Forget the Artist, the Restoration of Napoleon is the Silent Film Event of the Year" can be found at this link. More info and ticket availability at

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