Napoleon (Sacha Guitry, 1955). All-star version of Nappy’s life, directed by one of French culture’s most interesting mid-century figures…but it can’t be judged by this U.S. DVD, which leaves off about a third of the original running time, is in black and white rather than the original Eastmancolor, and doesn’t even sync up the English dubbing. The cast includes Orson Welles, Erich von Stroheim (briefly, as Beethoven), and most of the French actors of the time, but the lead role is split between Daniel Gelin and Raymond Pellegrin, in an actor-switch much wittier than the baton pass in Lost Highway.
The Red Spectre (Ferdinand Zecca, Segundo de Chomon, 1907). Nine-minute trick film in the manner of a Melies short, with a skeletal demon-magician causing women to vanish and burn up, until the tables turn.