This trailer for next year’s special presentation of Kevin Brownlow‘s restoration of Abel Gance‘s Napoleon, unseen at this swanky level of presentation for over three decades, is slow to start. The show will play with a live orchestra (i.e., the Oakland East Bay Symphony) at Oakland’s Paramount theatre on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2012.

Brownlow has added footage since the original showings at the 1979 Telluride Film Festival and then at the Radio City Music Hall in January 1981 (which I attended). The 1927 classic will screen at a slower projection rate to simulate the actual speed of the action when it was filmed. The new running time will be a bit more than five hours. There will be two intermissions including a dinner break.