‘Fantastic’ turnout for Screen-next-the-Sea showing of Napoleon

Napoleon. Photo: BFI

Napoleon. Photo: BFI - Credit: Archant

A community cinema group has had a “fantastic” turnout for their showing of the silent film Napoleon.

Film historian Kevin Brownlow restored Napoleon. Photo: Martin Thompson

Film historian Kevin Brownlow restored Napoleon. Photo: Martin Thompson - Credit: Archant

Screen-next-the-Sea, based in Wells, brought the restored silent film about the early life of the French military leader to audiences outside of London for the first time on Sunday, November 19.

Martin Thompson, from Screen-next-the-Sea, said: “Its gone very well, and we’ve had a fantastic turnout.

“Nearly 100 people have come to see it, which is great, especially for a silent movie.”

He added that experiencing the film was more like watching an opera, and described it as revolutionary.

The marathon screening was hosted by a community cinema group in Wells. Photo: Martin Thompson

The marathon screening was hosted by a community cinema group in Wells. Photo: Martin Thompson - Credit: Archant

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Kevin Brownlow spent 50 years working on the restoration of the film and won an Oscar for his work.

He said: “Its a marvellous achievement by the British Film Institute to distribute this film to local cinemas.

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“The film always gets a great reaction - people are extremely enthusiastic.

He gave a talk at the screening in Wells. Photo: Martin Thompson

He gave a talk at the screening in Wells. Photo: Martin Thompson - Credit: Archant

“Its a long film but it goes like the wind - full of action.”

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