When he was fifteen, Kevin Brownlow saw two reels of the 1927 "Napoleon", and it changed his life. The film was more daring, both technically and artistically, than anything he had ever seen. How could it have been forgotten? Brownlow got in touch with the film's director and tracked down members of its cast and crew. He discovered that the making of the film was as much of an epic as the film itself. In 1967, he began an attempt to restore "Napoleon". The work took years, but eventually Napoleon was presented, with live orchestra, to a new generation, and, as one critic put it, it became 'the measure for all other films, forever'. This book tells the dramatic story of "Napoleon's" incredible revival and also serves as a wonderful introduction and companion to the film. It contains free CD of Carl Davis' original score.
Kevin Brownlow is a Film -Historian and Film Maker who's recent documentaries include- Cecil B De Mille -American Epic (2003) and The Tramp and the Dictator. His previous publications include David Lean -A Biography (Faber 1996) and Mary Pickford Rediscovered (Abrams)
PART ONE: THE MAKING 1. The Fuse Is Lit 2. Chasseur d'images 3. Pictures in the Fire 4. The Sum of Recollection 5. Unsung Heroes 6. Anything Possible 7. The Search for Naploeon 8. ' On tourne!' 9. The Enchanted Isle 10. Entr'acte 11. The Siege of Toulon 12. Cordeliers and Convention 13. Sweep of Empire 14. Flame in the Shadows 15. The Music of Light 16. Ten-day Wonder 17. Defeat in America PART TWO: THE RECONSTRUCTION 18. Nothing to Declare 19. A Gnashing of Teeth 20. Too Good to Last 21. Vin de l'Empereur 22. Somebody Has to Do it 23. On the Firing Line 24. A Whiff of Grapeshot 25. A meeting of Eagles 26. Fortune Favours the Brave 27. Strings Attached 28. Gala Derniere 29. Fortissimo 30. Cresting the Wave 31. 'The Measure for All Other Films, Forever' PART THREE: APPENDICES Cast and Credits Synopsis The Different Versions of Napoleon Notes Index
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