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This e-book explores the construction and destruction of Abel Gance’s so much formidable movie undertaking, and seeks to provide an explanation for why his meteoric occupation used to be so approximately extinguished on the finish of silent cinema. via 1929, Gance was once France’s most famed director. Acclaimed for his technical innovation and visible mind's eye, he used to be additionally admonished for the over the top size and rate 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 profession. yet what went flawed? Gance claimed it was once advertisement sabotage while critics blamed the director’s inexperience with new expertise. Neither excuse is passable. in response to large archival study, this ebook re-investigates the cultural heritage and aesthetic results 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 venture to rework cinema right into a common faith and propagate its energy during the League of countries. From unfinished movies to unrealized social revolutions, the reader is given a desirable journey of Gance’s misplaced cinematic utopia.

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