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422 Ratings


Directed by Abel Gance
France, 1927
Biography, Drama, History


A massive six-hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays, his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797.

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Napoléon Directed by Abel Gance

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1981 | Winner: Special Award

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1981 | Winner: Special Award

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1981 | Winner: Special Award



Critics reviews

For the accumulating pages on the history of this burgeoning media form, it was a pivotal turning point, a new chapter in an ever-changing text. But it was never to be again. Sound had spoken, and people were listening.
December 07, 2016
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