Gance’s Napoléon In London


Exciting news for our British readers (and those willing to travel far!); tickets for the reconstructed version of Abel Gance’s Napoléon at the Royal Festival Hall in London went on sale this morning. And they’re not even particularly expensive either, with prices beginning as low as £11 (we’ve sat in the cheap seats before too, and they’re not actually that bad). The event takes place over the course of 8 hours on Saturday November 30th.

The reconstruction is the handy work of Kevin Brownlow, the most complete account of which can be found in Brownlow’s book on the subject. Long out of print (although recently reissued in France, so there’s hope for a new English-language edition yet), the book can be had for a bargain sum directly from the website of composer Carl Davis (here), whose score accompanies the film as it stands today. It’s a great primer for what is sure to be one of the most momentous events in the cinema of 2013.

Tickets for Abel Gance’s Napoléon are best bought directly from the venue. Click here for further information. 


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