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    Napoleon (MGM, 1929). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Napoleon is an epic silent French film (released in France in 1927) directed by Abel Gance that tells the story of the rise of Napoleon I. Ahead of its time in its use of handheld cameras and editing, many scenes were hand-tinted or toned. Gance had intended the final reel of the film to be screened as a triptych via triple projection, or Polyvision. Planned as the first of six movies about Napoleon Bonaparte, Gance realized after the completion of this film that the costs involved would make this impossible. This exceedingly rare lobby card is from the 1929 first U.S. release of the film by MGM. Note Gance's excellent staging technique with performers in foreground, midground, and background all complimenting the central character. There are light smudges, foxing, and small silverfish nibbles in the borders. The lower left corner has a tiny chip, and there is a small crease in the lower right corner. There is mild edge wear with small tears in the top border. Fine/Very Fine.

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