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Trivia / Napoléon

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  • Dawson Casting: Albert Dieudonné was 38 and played Bonaparte in his early to mid 20s.
  • Descended Creator: Writer and director Abel Gance plays Louis Saint-Just.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film was an early attempt at widescreen films, as well as the oldest known example of Aspect Ratio Switch. Most of it is in 4:3, standard for films of the time. However, the climax took advantage of the Polyvision projection system, which used three projectors with individual 4:3 frames, making a 4:1 Aspect Ratio. This remains the widest aspect ratio in cinematic history, as well as a precursor to 1952's three-projector Cinerama system.
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  • Stillborn Franchise: Planned to be the first instalment of six portraying Napoleon's life, but the others were never made for budget reasons. Abel Gance still reused some ideas for them in Austerlitz (1960).

2002 Miniseries