I too saw NAPOLEON at Radio City Music Hall - at a screening where a
phone call was made at the end of the film so that Gance could hear the
thunderous applause. Without question, there were only 3 screens (one
of them, the furthest on the right, was about a frame or two out of
I must admit, though, that having seen the print in general distribution
now, that it (processed with normal wide-screen anamorphic techniques)
in NO WAY compares to seeing the film with three projectors. This is
a film that few people will be able to really understand the visual and
perceptual impact (and it makes a difference when you have a few
thousand people sitting with you).
Graduate Center -- Ph.D. Program in Music(student)/ City University of New York
New York Public Library -- Music Division
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