November 23, 2011

Advance Notice

Film legend Kevin Brownlow to speak about his silent film mission

Circa 1968, a young Kevin Brownlow (right) talks with the Abel Gance, the director of the 1927 silent film "Napoleon."

Kevin Brownlow, film historian, filmmaker and Academy Award recipient, will present a free, public lecture “My Life with Napoleon (1927)” on Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. in White Hall 207.

The eminent British film historian has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his exceptional contributions to the preservation of cinema.

“Kevin Brownlow is a legend in my field,” notes Film and Media Studies Chair Matthew Bernstein. “He is passionate about keeping the memory of, and value of, silent film alive for everyone.”

In his Dec. 1 lecture, illustrated with film clips, Brownlow will discuss his largest research and restoration on a lifelong project to return Abel Gance's 1927 “Napoleon” to its original form, including the dramatic Polyvision triptych finale. His complete restoration of the legendary epic will have its U.S. premiere in March 2012 at the Paramount Theater, Oakland, Calif., with a full orchestral score composed and conducted by Carl Davis.

Brownlow’s talk will be followed by a reception in the White Hall lobby.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Hightower Fund, the Department of Theater, the Department of History and the Department of French and Italian.

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