While people may be excited about new releases when looking at the film festival slate that is ahead of us this early part of 2012, it’s a silent masterpiece that is trying to make a splash.
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has revealed that TCM will be the ‘Official Media Sponsor’ of the Abel Gance classic, ‘˜Napoleon.’ The film, which is set to be the focus of four screenings in Oakland on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, has recently undergone a huge restoration by iconic historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI, and will also debut a new score by Carl Davis. At this point, no more US screenings are slated.
The film, which here will clock in at a dense five and a half hours in length, will play in the US with an orchestra for the first time since Francis Ford Coppola’s road trip of the film in the early 1980’s, and is one of the most interesting additions to this early year cinephile slate. I have actually never seen the film, but now with 30 minutes of previously lost footage, one has to expect that the likes of Criterion are going to be hunting this sucker’s rights down and quickly. Here’s to hoping they can nab this up and get it on Blu-ray quick. I can’t wait to see this.
What do you think?