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“Napoleon” will grace the silver screen once again

The nearly century-old masterpiece, "Napoleon," crafted by the legendary French director Abel Gance, will inaugurate the "Cannes Classics" section of the film festival in May 2024, according to the official Cannes Film Festival website.

Originally released in 1927 during the silent film era, "Napoleon" swiftly ascended to iconic status, owing much to its innovative filming techniques, including the use of a horse-mounted camera and the involvement of thousands of extras in select scenes.

Premiering at the Paris Opera on April 7, 1927, the film encountered challenges in preservation as the era of talking films emerged. Many reels of the movie vanished or were destroyed, only to be found through painstaking efforts spanning years of search across archives worldwide. Now, after reconstruction, "Napoleon" is set to amaze audiences once again.

Written by D. Bjork


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