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Abel Gance (1889–1981)


Born an illegitimate son of a wealthy physician, Abel Flamant, and a working class mother, Francoise Perethon. He was raised by his mother and her boyfriend, who later became her husband, Adolphe Gance. Pressured by his parents, he began his working career as a lawyer's clerk in hopes of achieving a prosperous career in law. But his passion for ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 92) in Paris, France

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The Wheel Writer
(1923)
(1934)
Napoleon Writer
(1927)

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 1966 Marie Tudor (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1964 Cyrano et d'Artagnan (screenplay) / (story)
 1955 Tower of Lust (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1953 Lumière (TV Movie documentary) (commentary)
 1953 Quatorze juillet (Documentary short) (writer)
 1943 Captain Fracasse (adaptation) / (dialogue)
 1941 Blind Venus (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1939 Four Flights to Love (scenario)
 1939 Louise (adaptation and dialogue)
 1938 The Woman Thief (adaptation)
 1938 I Accuse (scenario & adaptation)
 1936 The Life and Loves of Beethoven (scenario and decoupage)
 1935 Lucrezia Borgia (screenplay)
 1935 Napoléon Bonaparte (dialogue) / (screenplay)
 1934 Poliche
 1933 The Ironmaster (writer)
 1933 Mater dolorosa (writer)
 1929 Napoleon at St. Helena (story)
 1927 Napoleon (written by)
 1924 Help! (Short)
 1923 The Wheel (written by)
 1919 J'accuse! (writer)
 1918 Ecce Homo (writer)
 1918 The Tenth Symphony (writer)
 1917 Barberousse
 1916 Fioritures
 1916 Le périscope
 1915 La folie du Docteur Tube (Short)
 1914 L'infirmière
 1912 The Vengeance of Edgard Poe (Short) (scenario)
 1912 The Mask of Horror (Short)
 1911 Cyrano et d'Assoucy (Short)
 1911 La digue (Short)
 1911/II Paganini
 1910 L'aluminite
 1910 The End of Paganini (Short)
 1910 The Red Inn
 1910 The Life of Moliere (Short) (writer)
 1909 La légende de l'arc-en-ciel (Short) (writer)
 1909 Le glas du père Césaire (Short) (writer)
 1909 Portrait of Mireille (Short) (writer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Invented the Brachiscope that led André Debrie to the invention of the Polyvision apparatus to shot with three cameras. Patented by Gance it was the forerunner of both Cinerama and CinemaScope.

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Spouse:

Marie-Odette Vérité  (her death) | See more »

Children:

Clarisse

Parents:

Abel Flamant | Françoise Péréthon
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Personal Quote:

[on being asked by a French general, while filming the opening sequence of J'accuse! (1919), in which hundreds of soldiers come together to form the films title on the battlefield, whom he was accusing] I am accusing war... I am accusing man... I am accusing universal stupidity. See more »

Trivia:

He publicly supported the Vichy regime during the Occupation. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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