The Film: ★★★★   The Score: ★★★★

On 11th November 2016 the British Film Institute will release a new digital restoration of Abel Gance's stupendous portrayal of the early years in the life of Napoléon Bonaparte. Ahead of the official release, I was fortunate enough to attend the first of several concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall in which the film was presented with a live performance of Carl Davis' score – a moving and thrilling cinematic experience that simultaneously transported its audience through time to the French Revolution and to the heyday of silent cinema.

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London Film Fest Reviews 2016

Ahead of the FOEC podcast special on the 60th London Film Festival, here are some short (and not so short) reviews of seven films that I caught during the first few days of the fest, including the critical favourite from Cannes, Toni Erdmann, the latest film from Terrence Malick and a double dose of Isabelle Huppert.

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