Napoleon in the Press

NAPOLEON is the BEST OF 2012

Manohla Dargis for the New York Times

Mick LaSalle for the San Francisco Chronicle

Lincoln Spector for

G. Allen Johnson for


"At 9:40 p.m. Saturday, the near-capacity crowd at the 3,000-seat Paramount Theatre rose from the places it had settled into eight hours earlier and cheered a mighty cheer, the kind of full-throated, sustained roar not usually heard in a movie theater. The audience had just lived through one of the world's great cinematic experiences: an all-day screening (complete with snack and dinner breaks) of Abel Gance's mesmerizing 5 1/2-hour silent film from 1927, accompanied by Carl Davis conducting the 46-piece Oakland East Bay Symphony, performing his own superb score. Their applause and shouts paid tribute to both the sustaining power of this kind of moviegoing experience and to Gance's creative genius."

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Unlike anything I've ever experienced in a movie theater. You walk out exhilarated. It's a day you will remember for the rest of your life!”

— Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

““Thrilling” is the only word to describe the experience of watching Abel Gance’s 5½ hour epic Napoleon, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, accompanied by Carl Davis and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. One of the great moviegoing events of your life.”

— Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy

Thorina Rose illustrates the Napoleon experience for The Bay Citizen

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Peter Debruge, Variety

Thompson on Hollywood

Financial Times

Mick LaSalle for San Francisco Chronicle



"A MAJOR EVENT! Don't wait for it to come to a theater near you — getting Gance's magnum opus on the screen is a Herculean task!"

— Martin Scorsese, Vanity Fair (March 2012)

Pat Dowell for NPR's Weekend Edition

Manohla Dargis for New York Times Arts & Leisure

Wall Street Journal

USA Today

Kevin Brownlow and Anita Monga on KQED's Forum

Carl Davis & the Napoleon score in San Francisco Chronicle

Criterion's Napoleon Slideshow


Adrian Curry for MUBI's Movie Poster of the Week


Chicago Sun-Times

Smithsonian Magazine

The Bay Citizen