The Legend. The Film. The Music.


Abel Gance, Carl Davis, The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

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A monumental film. A brilliant score. An exciting location. Napoleon is an event which no film or music lover can afford to miss. To create his masterpiece, the silent movie Napoleon from 1927, director Abel Gance pioneered a number of revolutionary film and editing techniques, including fast cutting, moving cameras and polyvision recording and screening. The result is a dynamic dramatisation of Napoleon's early years, his military campaigns and his amorous conquests. Carl Davis' magnificent film score, which includes music from Beethoven, Mozart and Davis' own compositions, blends seamlessly with Gance's epic film. Performed live by a full orchestra, this promises to be a spectacle without compare.

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