Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola will again present the silent film epic "Napoleon," accompanied by the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of his father, Carmine Coppola.
The 41/2-hour movie will be shown in the evening at Radio City Music Hall June 20-24, and a matinee is scheduled June 25. Previous presentations were at Radio City in 1981 and 1982. The version shown was assembled by film historian Kevin Brownlow and Robert Harris from destroyed prints and new footage.During its four separate engagements in 1981 and 1982, "Napoleon" broke all Radio City box office records with more than 100,000 people attending.
The film by Abel Gance, originally released in 1927, was regarded as one of the most innovative films of its time, intertwining the story of the French Revolution with a dramatic use of cinematography. The exceptional camera work used a simultaneous display of three images.