131 Great Directors: Abel Gance

“Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Beethoven will make films… all legends, all mythologies and all myths, all founders of religion, and the very religions… await their exposed resurrection, and the heroes crowd each other at the gate.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Napoleon.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Napoleon.

What Did I Watch: Au Secours!

Where Does He Fit: Abel Gance’s running times were always a bit much, so it’s appropriate that one of his best works is under half an hour. It’s a bit scattered and silly for a little while there, in keeping with his longer stuff, but all the faces that Max Linder from Seven Years Bad Luck is pulling are delightfully silly and help keep things enjoyable in a way that makes all the editing tricks and the crazy climax pop.


Most Valuable Asset: Editing conveys meaning.
Most Excited For: Seen all the good stuff, I think.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Sergei Parajanov and his tableaus of color.


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