Abel Gance

Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Abel Gance is universally recognized as one of the greatest directors in history. Often compared with Erich von Stroheim for his talent, extravagence, imagination and ego, his experiments in camera movement, editing ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1889 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Writer (9)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

La Reine Margot 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

J'Accuse 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

J'Accuse 1936 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Director (5)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Austerlitz 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

J'Accuse 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Lucrezia Borgia (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (2)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

(Editor)

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (1)

Napoleon 1929 (Movie)

Saint Just (Actor)

Biography

Abel Gance is universally recognized as one of the greatest directors in history. Often compared with Erich von Stroheim for his talent, extravagence, imagination and ego, his experiments in camera movement, editing, and cinematography exceeded anything being done by his contemporaries and redefined the parameters of film discourse. But he often provoked animosity promoting his own genius and aggravated producers by running over budget on ever-expanding projects. Finally, like von Stroheim, the advent of sound prevented Gance from realizing his ambitions.

Relationships

Ida Danis

Companion
Together from 1918 until her death due to tuberculosis 1922

Marguerite Danis

Wife
Sister of Ida Danis, married 1922

Abel Flamant

Father

Adolphe Gance

Step-Father
married Francoise Perethon 1897

Clarisse Gance

Daughter
adopted with Marie-Odette Verite

Francoise Perethon

Mother
married Adolphe Gance 1897

Mathilde Thizeau

Wife
Married 1912 Divorced 1918

Marie-Odette Verite

Wife
Married 1933 until her death 1978

EDUCATION

apprenticed with divorce lawyer

attended College de Chantilly, a private boarding school, leaving at age 12

attended Ecole Libre de la Mine

attended College Chaptal, Paris, leaving in 1904 without graduating

Milestones

1930

Patented Perspective Sonore (precursor of stereophonic sound)

1926

Patented Polyvision (precursor of Cinerama)

1917

Drafted, assigned to Cinematographic Corps

1916

First feature film as director "Les Gaz mortels/The Deadly Gas"

1911

First short film as director "La Digue ou Pour sauver la Hollande

1911

Co-founded production company Le Film Francais

1910

Paris stage acting debut

1910

Diagnosed with turberculosis

1910

Screen acting debut in "Moliere"

1909

Screenwriting debut (short) with "Le Portrait de Mireille"

1908

Hired by Theatre du Parc

1908

Stage acting debut at Theatre du Gymnase, Brussels

1906

Failed entrance exam to Paris Conservatoire

Patented Pictograpghe (to use postcards as backgrounds)

Formed own production company Films Abel Gance

At age three name changed to Gance

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