Netflix and the Cinémathèque française have joined forces to achieve a common goal. The two partners aim in particular to preserve national heritage films. The restoration of Napoleon is the starting point of the project. French historical film directed by Abel Gance and released for the first time in 1927, Napoleon retraces Bonaparte's experience between 1781 and 1796.
The production of the American streaming giant and the French institution is obviously not the first attempt to restore Gance's silent film. Napoleon has already been reworked five times between 1953 and 2000. For their part, Netflix and the French Cinémathèque are working hard to give new life to the very first version of the film. Known as “Apollo”, the original work lasts a total of seven hours.
The association between Netflix and the French Cinémathèque will also be marked by the organization of event screenings and meetings on the theme of cinema.
Release date scheduled for the end of 2021
As a reminder, the Cinémathèque française already started restoring Napoléon by Abel Gance in 2008. The support provided by Netflix will help finalize this ambitious project led by director and researcher Georges Mourier by the end of 2021, 200 years later. the death of the emperor.
Netflix and the Cinémathèque française promise to release a film made up of crisp, clean images. The producers will also do their best to provide as complete a film as possible. To do this, a team is responsible for collecting all the available images of the film.
Invest more in French cinema
By embarking on this adventure, Netflix is just trying to comply with France's requirements for film production. The Hexagon recently demanded that streaming platforms operating in the country invest more in French and European cinema.
The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot officially announced this new rule on October 28, 2020.
The director general of the Cinémathèque, Frédéric Bonnaud, is quite optimistic about the partnership with Netflix. “ We are pleased with the decisive contribution of Netflix for the reconstruction of this great masterpiece of world cinema, with the initial support of the CNC, the notable help of a private patron and, finally, the contribution of the Fondation Napoléon . We are convinced that this large-scale project is the start of a fruitful partnership with Netflix, ”he said.