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Abel Gance
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Filmmaker
    (October 25, 1889-November 10, 1981)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name was Abel Perethon
    Director/producer
    Best known films were 'J'accuse' (1919), 'La Roue' (1923) and 'Napoleon' (1927)
    He initially called movies 'infantile and stupid' and took film jobs, as an actor and writer, only out of financial necessity.
    His original edit of 'La Roue' lasted nine hours and 'Napoleon' ran for six hours.
    His first sound film, 'La Fin du Monde' (1931), was a critical and commercial flop.
    He initially praised Marhsall Petain and the Vichy puppet government.
    He spent decades complaining about film historians not giving him the recognition he felt he deserved.
    He experimented with color, widescreens and 3-D decades before Hollywood did.
    He eventually fled Vichy, fearing for his life because he was half-Jewish (1943).
    He lived long enough to see a restored version of 'Napoleon' become an art house hit in America (1981).
    He was called 'the D.W. Griffith of Europe' and 'the greatest romantic of the screen.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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