By Paul Cuff

This e-book explores the construction and destruction of Abel Gance’s so much bold 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. by way of 1929, Gance used to be 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 price 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 profession. yet what went incorrect? Gance claimed it was once advertisement sabotage while critics blamed the director’s inexperience with new expertise. Neither excuse is passable. in response to vast archival learn, this publication re-investigates the cultural historical past and aesthetic effects of Gance’s transition from silent filmmaking to sound cinema. La Fin du Monde is published to be just one section of a unprecedented cultural undertaking to remodel 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 travel of Gance’s misplaced cinematic utopia.

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