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Abel Gance

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Abel Gance (October 25, 1889 - November 10, 1981) a world renowned French film director, producer, writer, actor and editor. He was both born and died in Paris.

The renowned French film director Abel Gance was born illegitimate. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer, but from an early age Gance was attracted to the theatre. He made his stage debut as an actor in Brussels at the age of 19, and took his first film role in the 1909 film, Molière.

He continued acting and script-writing before forming his own production company in 1911. In the same year, he made his first film, La Digue, but it was unsuccessful. His five-hour play, Victoire de Samothrace, in which he was to appear with Sarah Bernhardt, was cancelled with the outbreak of World War I.

Due to ill health, Gance managed to avoid most of the war, and he returned to film making, with more success. In 1919, he achieved international recognition for his three hour epic J’Accuse, a powerful anti-war film which included location filming of battles shot towards the end of World War I. The film used experimental techniques which Gance would develop further in his next major film, Napoléon (1927). The success of this film was undermined by its length (6 hours) and the need for specialist film projection equipment to show the film, particularly the final segment of the film where the screen triples in size to show a staggering panorama of a battlefield.

Gance did not manage the transition from silent films to talkies successfully. Although he continued to make films for many decades, he never achieved the celebrity and acclaim he enjoyed in the silent era of the 1920s. He spent much of his time enhancing his previous silent films, notably making sound versions of his earlier masterpieces, J'Accuse and Napoléon, that even with stereo-sound.

In 1943, he fled from France to escape the Nazi occupation. He resumed his film making career in 1960 with historical dramas such as Austerlitz. He died in 1981 of tuberculosis before he could realise his ambition of making an epic film about Christopher Columbus.

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