THE WORLD'S ONLY ABEL GANCE HOME PAGE
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Abel Gance played Saint-Just in his masterpiece Napoleon (1927)
My Latest Acquisition! Publicity card for screenings of a shortened Napoleon
at the Marivaux in Brussels on January 28, 1928. Note the times of the
showings, compared even to the 4 hour U.S. Coppola version. This is one
of four original cards known to survive.
Wladimir Roudendo as Napoleon in the famous snowball fight at Brienne.
Albert Dieudonne as Napoleon in the spectacular 3 screen Polyvision finale
of Napoleon. Polyvision predated Cinerma by 25 or so years.
Another example of Polyvision in Napoleon.
Albert Dieudonne in a still (even archive photo sources vary in quality!)
while shooting the chase in Corsica. Gance used a horse-mounted camera
driven by compressed air. The camerman was dressed in costume in case he
Abel Gance Movie Posters and Other Material from My Personal Collection
Nelly Kaplan, Gance's assistant in the 50's, and Gance. They are apparently
examining footage from Gance's Magirama, his later name for Polyvision.
Click here for a advertisement about the film "Napoleon"
from "Chums", a monthly boy's magazine, published in Australia in 1929!
Artwork courtesy of Race Mathews, Monash University.
Additional Links about Abel Gance, his films, techniques,
inventions and people in his films...
In 1997, Boston Light and Sound
provided the three special interlocked projectors for the triptych at Francis
Ford Coppola's $1000 per plate dinner and showing of Napoleon.
Honegger wrote most of the music for Napoleon and several other
Gance films (in French).
Honegger info in English, translation courtesy of Google.com
Mathews on Napoleon from Australia.
Gance bio and a scholarly review of Napoleon from Australia
Percy Day played Admiral Hood in Napoleon and is credited with
special effects. His site is sponsored by his grand-daughter, Susan
DAY and maintained by my friend Luigi
For more information about triptychs, visit Triptych
Media, Ian Campbell's site features working notes describing Gance's
use of Polyvision.
with an interview of Gance by Louella Parsons, August 14, 1921(scroll down
once you get there).
Gance's biography from IMDB.
Louise Brooks Society, another
Rudolph Valentino's Home on
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