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Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite (1968)

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BBC documentary on the long and flamboyant career of French filmmaker Abel Gance.

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BBC documentary on the long and flamboyant career of French filmmaker Abel Gance.

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24 May 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite (1968)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mildly interesting documentary about the career of director Abel Gance. The documentary shines a spotlight on three of the director's biggest films: J'Accuse, La Roue and Napoleon. For its time I guess this film isn't too bad but considering some of the documentaries out there now I must say that this one was pretty disappointing. These films of Gance's were hard to see when this film was made so there are countless clips of all three films shown and sometimes these clips go on for minutes at a time. The problem with this is that we get to hear very little from Gance himself who is being interviewed throughout the film. I'd much rather hear from the director on how he created these films instead of just seeing the film clips. Of course, seeing these clips were harder to see back in the day so perhaps I'm being too hard on this film.


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