By Paul Cuff
This booklet explores the production and destruction of Abel Gance’s so much bold movie venture, and seeks to give an explanation for why his meteoric profession was once so approximately extinguished on the finish of silent cinema. through 1929, Gance was once 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 cost of his productions. Gance’s first sound film, La Fin du Monde (1930), was once a serious and monetary catastrophe so nice that it approximately destroyed his occupation. yet what went flawed? Gance claimed it used to be advertisement sabotage while critics blamed the director’s inexperience with new know-how. Neither excuse is passable. in keeping with large archival examine, this ebook re-investigates the cultural historical past and aesthetic outcomes of Gance’s transition from silent filmmaking to sound cinema. La Fin du Monde is published to be just one portion of a unprecedented cultural venture to rework cinema right into a common faith and propagate its energy during 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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