Triptych screening of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927) – Wednesday 13th March 2024


Triptych screening of Abel Gance’s Napoléon (1927)

Wednesday 13 March 2024

11am-6pm (intermission included)

Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English 


The final act of Napoléon (1927), one of the most spectacular films ever made, was meant to be seen on three cinema screens simultaneously, though for technical reasons this is rarely done.

 The Judith E. Wilson Studio will be doing just that — all are welcome to witness this gem of French cinema, brought back to life in the English Faculty.




When Abel Gance dreamed up Napoléon (1927), possibly the greatest historical epic ever filmed (and one of the most foolhardy cinematic ventures ever embarked upon) he realised that a single screen could not contain its monumental scale. The film’s triptych sequence, which the audience expands into as the final act begins to roll, is one of the most exciting and formally inventive sequences ever put to film, though rarely has it ever been screened as intended — on three large screens in panoramic scale.

This term, the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio will be hosting just such a screening — giving you the rare chance of experiencing Gance’s film as it was meant to be seen (or at least as close as is currently possible — thanks to the efforts of film historian Kevin Brownlow, who was responsible for this restoration).

Entry is free for all, and you may come and go as you wish. Wednesday 13th of March, from 11am to 6pm (intermission included), at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English. You are encouraged to indicate your interest here:



Although the Faculty of English building has step-free access, the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio is located in the basement of the building and therefore accessible via a stairwell and step-free via the Faculty Lift.

Please do not attend this event if you are experiencing any cold-like symptoms.


This event has been made possible with the support of a Judith E Wilson Fund Small Grants Award.