Saturday, March 24, 2012

You mean the world

Another restored version of Abel Gance's 1927 film Napoleon will be shown at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival March 24th, 25th, 31st and April 1st (at the Oakland Paramount Theatre) with music provided by 48 members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. I saw the epic film with Carmine Coppola conducting a 60 member orchestra at the Chicago Theater;  for a mere $20 I received one of the most spectacular movie experiences ever.  One scene in particular stays with me; in it Napoleon spins an enormous globe, in which we see the image of his beloved Josephine superimposed. He leans in to kiss her, and is asked, "Are you kissing Paris?" 

We, the audience can see the objects of his desire; the world and Josephine.

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