Abel Gance (1889–1981) was one of the cinema’s most ambitious innovators, and one of its greatest personalities. Through films like La Roue, Napoleon, and his two versions of J’Accuse, Gance sought to do nothing less than revolutionize the movies. These two excellent documentaries serve as an introduction to his life and work.
Abel Gance: Hier et demain. 1963. France. Directed by Nelly Kaplan
Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite. 1968. Great Britain. Directed by Kevin Brownlow
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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