Netflix unveiled partnerships with the French National Film Board (the CNC) and the Cinémathèque Française, a non-profit group devoted to the preservation and promotion of French cinema culture. The first of their collaborations together is a restoration of the 1927 French classic Napoleon.
Netflix and CNC plan to restore the Apollo version of the film, considered Gance’s definitive cut of the movie, which runs nearly seven hours, by May 5, the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death. In a statement, Netflix suggested Napoleon could be the first of many international cinema classics it helps restore. Netflix also announced that it would continue its partnership with the Cinémathèque Française on a series of screenings, conferences, and masterclasses.
Netflix has been leading the way, backing local-language series like Omar Sy starrer Lupin, a crime drama that launched Jan. 8 and became the first French series to land on the streamer’s U.S. top 10 list.