In the culmination of a 50-year project, Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow and the BFI National Archive have completed a new digitally restored version of A*bel Gance’s* cinematic triumph, Napoleon.

A massive 5.5-hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays and his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797. The film’s legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story.