As originally conceived, the film was to be shown on a triple screen, to the accompaniment of a live orchestra. The re-release of the film more than a generation ago was a revelation and a sensation, but because of the complexity of the undertaking, repeat performances have been rare.
In a prepared statement, Stacey Wisnia, Executive Director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival commented, "This will be 'the cinema event of a lifetime' and for once that's not just hype, considering that we may never have another chance to see Napoleon presented on this scale, and with Carl Davis' magnificent score. But we're also referring to the lifetime of passion that Kevin Brownlow has devoted to bringing Abel Gance's original vision back to life."
Because of logistics and the enormous expense involved in such a production, there no plans to repeat the event in any other American city. (read the rest)
Abel Gance's Napoleon (HD) from San Francisco Silent Film Festiv on Vimeo.