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August 19, 2011

Napoléon (1927)


"Napoléon (1927) is an epic silent French film directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of the rise of Napoleon I of France."

It begins from his youth in school where he managed a snowball fight like a military campaign, to his victory in invading Italy in 1797. ... Ahead of its time in its use of handheld cameras and editing, many scenes were hand tinted or toned.

Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII.

That's the first couple hours or so, enough to get you started. I confess I have only watched the first two parts so far.

Still, worth it if only for the opening snowball scene cited above. Even my childhood snowball fights of the 1970s were cut short by the fear somebody, somewhere might get a boohoo. In Napoleon's day, teachers awarded students for innovative tactics. One pedagogy produces men, the other produces Canada.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 19, 2011 06:24 AM