Abel Gance’s silent film Napoléon premieres in Paris. It has a running time of 330 minutes (conceived as one of six films about Napoléon Bonaparte) and features state-of-the-art photography and editing. The finale is filmed in Polyvision as the projection screen was to be expanded into a triptych. When MGM buys the rights, the film is heavily edited and trimmed.

In 1981, Francis Ford Coppola finances a restoration of the film. He realizes the triptych concept and adds a new soundtrack composed by Carmine Coppola. This version is screened at venues such as Berlin’s ICC Congress Center. In 2000, another restored version is created which includes lost scenes.

In 2013, Steven Spielberg announces plans to pick up Stanley Kubrick’s unrealized film project Napoléon and develop a TV miniseries based on it.


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