By Paul Cuff
This publication explores the production and destruction of Abel Gance’s such a lot formidable movie undertaking, and seeks to give an explanation for why his meteoric profession used to be so approximately extinguished on the finish of silent cinema. via 1929, Gance used to be France’s most renowned director. Acclaimed for his technical innovation and visible mind's eye, he used to be additionally admonished for the over the top size and fee of his productions. Gance’s first sound film, La Fin du Monde (1930), used to be a severe and fiscal catastrophe so nice that it approximately destroyed his profession. yet what went incorrect? Gance claimed it was once advertisement sabotage while critics blamed the director’s inexperience with new know-how. Neither excuse is passable. in line with broad archival learn, this ebook re-investigates the cultural history and aesthetic outcomes of Gance’s transition from silent filmmaking to sound cinema. La Fin du Monde is printed to be just one portion of a unprecedented cultural venture to remodel cinema right into a common faith and propagate its energy throughout the League of countries. From unfinished motion pictures to unrealized social revolutions, the reader is given a desirable journey of Gance’s misplaced cinematic utopia.
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