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Gance, Abel

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Most widely held works by Abel Gance
Napoleon by Abel Gance( Visual )

64 editions published between 1927 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historical epic on the life of Napoleon from boyhood to military triumph including treatment of the French Revolution
J'accuse by Abel Gance( Visual )

32 editions published between 1917 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strange man, obsessed by the horrors of war, calls upon the millions of dead soldiers from World War I to rise from their graves and march upon the cities of the world
La roue The wheel( Visual )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and French and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I know that Creation is a Great Wheel which cannot move without crushing someone!" - Victor Hugo. With this quotation begins the story of widowed railroad engineer Sisif. He finds an infant girl in a train wreck, and realizing that her parents are dead, rescues her and decides to raise her as his daughter, Norma. His wife died in childbirth, and Norma will make a good companion for his son, Elie. Knowing nothing of Norma's true origins, Elie and Norma grow up having an unusually close relationship, stopped from developing any further by their belief they are siblings. Haunted by his actions and resultant guilt, Sisif is driven to drink, making him all the more susceptible to the scheming of his wealthy boss, De Hersan, who wants to marry Norma. Though Norma refuses Hersan at first, Sisif's dismissal from the railway forces her to accept, which destroys both men. Elie realizing that he could have had the love of his life all along--once the truth comes out--is especially tragic. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, location shooting, cinematic graphic effects, and particularly rhythmic editing. Gance's technique was years ahead of its time and influenced filmmakers all over the world, as his technical mastery is always in the service of the story
Napoléon by Nelly Kaplan( Book )

24 editions published between 1927 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abel Gance's great film Napoleon, as heroic in ambition as its subject, opened at the Opera de Paris in April 1927. It was the summation of the silent cinema, a remarkable feat of imagination, ingenuity and stamina. Years in the planning and months in production, the film astonished its audience with the boldness of its conception - not least at the moment when the screen expanded to reveal Gance's visionary invention of Polyvision, a wide-screen system thirty years ahead of its time. Yet Gance's triumph was to be short-lived. The American version, re-edited by MGM, was a disaster. The sheer length of the film, and its spectacular effects, produced problems for exhibitors. Gance never gave up trying to 'improve' it. In 1934 he added sound; in 1970 he was still editing
Austerlitz by Abel Gance( Visual )

34 editions published between 1959 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Europe, 1801 - As England concedes to a victorious Napoleon, the war in Europe comes to a halt with the Treaty of Amiens. At last the Corsican general is close to attaining his life-long dream: to be Emperor of all of Europe. Despite his popularity, Napoleon has enemies who want to restore the old regime. The new English Prime Minister Pitt, refuses to heed the treaty, and an infuriated Napoleon decides to invade England. While he is finally crowned emperor, England, Russia and Austria gather forces for a sweeping invasion of France. Surrounded on all sides, Napoleon prepares to enter into the most important battle of his life"--Container
Louise d'après le roman musical( Visual )

1 edition published in 1938 in French and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abel Gance, ou, Le Prométhée foudroyé by Roger Icart( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in French and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avant guarde shorts [i.e. garde short] subjects from France( Visual )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Gance film a mad scientist discovers a sneezing powder that changes the shape of anything it touches. The Duchamp is a Dada film based on rotating circles and spirals interlaced by puns in French. Man Ray uses light patterns from rotating objects to exhibit his early Dadaistic affiliations. Partially filmed at the villa, Emakbakia which in Basque means leave me alone. Ray's second film portrays one man's difficulty in becoming committed to a woman. Astarfish symbolizes his yearning for sincere beauty without hidden, destructive qualities
Lucrèce Borgia by Abel Gance( Visual )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in French and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucrèce Borgia: Cesare Borgia sees a way to obtain power when his father Rodrigo is named Pope and lets nothing stand in his way, not even his family members. Also included are two rarely seen shorter silent films directed by Gance: "Au Secours!" uses experimental editing and photography to illustrate a man's adventures in a haunted house. "La Folie Du Docteur Tube" is an experimental comedy about a mad scientist who discovers a sneezing powder that can alter someone's physique
Un Grand amour de Beethoven l'immortelle aímee( Visual )

8 editions published between 1936 and 2006 in French and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tras la muerte de Beethoven, en 1827, se encontraron entre sus papeles tres cartas de amor escritas un mismo día (por la mañana, tarde y noche), a una mujer de la que no se indicaba su nombre, y a la que el compositor se dirigía como "Mi amada inmortal": la primera comenzaba con las palabras "Mi ángel, mi todo, mi yo: sólo unas pocas palabras escritas a lápiz..." Parece que nunca fue enviada, aunque también podría tratarse de una copia. Aunque no se indica la fecha, por la indicación de estar escrita "un lunes 6 de julio" los historiadores dan la fecha de 1812 como más probable
Louise by Abel Gance( Visual )

7 editions published between 1939 and 2005 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over possessive parents do not want their daughter Louise to love their neighbor, a composer who leads a bohemian life with all his friends
Abel Gance's Napoleon( Visual )

14 editions published between 1926 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A historical epic on the life of Napoleon from boyhood to the invasion of Italy. The film is credited with important early use of split screen, moving camera, Polyvision and Russian montage
Napoléon : épopée cinégraphique en cinq époques : première époque, Bonaparte by Abel Gance( Book )

12 editions published between 1927 and 1991 in French and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christophe Colomb by Abel Gance( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Découpage plan à plan d'un projet de film conçu par Abel Gance
Beethoven Un Grand amour de Beethoven( Visual )

2 editions published in 1990 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering the years from 1801-1825, this is the story of how Beethoven falls in love with one of his students, Juliette, but she loves another, so he throws himself into his work. His hearing fails him off and on, and he plans to marry Therese, another student who is devoted to him, but he cannot. He loves Juliette. His hearing gone for good, he is very poor, and in the end he dies a pauper
Un soleil dans chaque image by Abel Gance( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rassemble des notes consignées par A. Gance tout au long de sa vie, sous forme de montage chronologique qui révèle une existence tumultueuse, des ambitions déçues et qui témoigne des rapports que le réalisateur entretenait avec de nombreuses personnalités politiques et littéraires
Prisme by Abel Gance( Book )

11 editions published in 1930 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le capitaine Fracasse by Abel Gance( Visual )

10 editions published between 1942 and 2003 in French and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pour l'amour d'Isabelle, le baron de Sigognac, noble sans fortune, quitte sans regret son château et rejoint une troupe de comédiens. Désormais sous les traits du capitaine Fracasse, Sigognac protéger sa belle contre les assiduités de son cousin, le comte de Vallombreuse
Soundtrack for Abel Gance's Napoleon by Arthur Honegger( Recording )

1 edition published in 1994 and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Et Pandore en avait deux! : roman ; Mon cygne, mon signe-- (correspondances Abel Gance-Nelly Kaplan) by Nelly Kaplan( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in French and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Abel Gance Franse filmregisseur, product, schrijven en acteur

Abel Gance franzsischer Filmpionier

Abel Gance French film director and producer, writer and actor

Abel Gance regista francese

Abels Ganss

Perthon, Abel Eugne Alexandre 1889-1981

Абель Ганс французский киносценарист и кинорежиссер, актёр

אבל גאנס

آبل گانس تهیه‌کننده، فیلمنامه‌نویس، بازیگر، و کارگردان فرانسوی