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By Paul Cuff

This e-book explores the production and destruction of Abel Gance’s so much formidable movie undertaking, and seeks to provide an explanation for why his meteoric profession used to be so approximately extinguished on the finish of silent cinema. via 1929, Gance was once France’s most renowned director. Acclaimed for his technical innovation and visible mind's eye, he was once additionally admonished for the over the top size and rate 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 occupation. yet what went fallacious? Gance claimed it was once advertisement sabotage while critics blamed the director’s inexperience with new know-how. Neither excuse is passable. in accordance with vast archival learn, this e-book re-investigates the cultural heritage and aesthetic outcomes of Gance’s transition from silent filmmaking to sound cinema. La Fin du Monde is published to be just one section of a rare cultural undertaking to rework cinema right into a common faith and propagate its energy throughout the League of countries. From unfinished movies to unrealized social revolutions, the reader is given a desirable travel of Gance’s misplaced cinematic utopia.

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