Abel Gance’s “Napoleon”

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Academy Award-winning historian, documentarian, and archivist Kevin Brownlow talks about restoring Abel Gance’s legendary film “Napoleon.” The current restoration, completed in 2001, reclaims about 30 minutes of footage culled from archives around the world and visually upgrades much of the film—the 35mm print uses the original dye-bath techniques, accurately recreating the color tints and tones of the initial release. It hasn’t been screened theatrically in the U.S. with live orchestra for nearly 30 years.