Abel Gance

1889 - 1981

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Abel Gance (French: [gɑ̃s]; born Abel Eugène Alexandre Péréthon; 25 October 1889 – 10 November 1981) was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abel Gance has received more than 236,507 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Abel Gance is the 146th most popular film director (up from 161st in 2019), the 1,017th most popular biography from France (up from 1,069th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Film Director.

Abel Gance is most famous for his film Napoleon, which was the first film to be released in a widescreen format.

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Among film directors, Abel Gance ranks 146 out of 1,581Before him are Lasse Hallström, Blake Edwards, Jacques Demy, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Wong Kar-wai, and Victor Sjöström. After him are Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jan Švankmajer, Ed Wood, Joris Ivens, Robert Wise, and Roland Emmerich.

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Among people born in 1889, Abel Gance ranks 34Before him are Pitirim Sorokin, Edgar Adrian, Mercédès Jellinek, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, and Walter Lippmann. After him are Zalman Shazar, Taha Hussein, Günther Lütjens, Philip Noel-Baker, Hannes Kolehmainen, and Hannes Meyer. Among people deceased in 1981, Abel Gance ranks 30Before him are Samuel Barber, Georges Brassens, Joseph Murphy, Karl Böhm, Max Delbrück, and Mehmet Shehu. After him are Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Miroslav Krleža, David Wechsler, Zarah Leander, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, and Harry Harlow.

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In France

Among people born in France, Abel Gance ranks 1,017 out of 6,011Before him are Clotilde of France (1759), Ambroise Thomas (1811), Carole Bouquet (1957), Léon Bourgeois (1851), Maurice Denis (1870), and Joseph Liouville (1809). After him are Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois (1895), Éric Zemmour (1958), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Henri, Prince of Condé (1588), Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (1762), and Jean de Joinville (1224).


Among film directors born in France, Abel Gance ranks 21Before him are Jean-Pierre Melville (1917), Louis Malle (1932), Marcel Carné (1906), René Clément (1913), Claude Lelouch (1937), and Jacques Demy (1931). After him are Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Jean Vigo (1905), Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907), Jacques Rivette (1928), Claude Lanzmann (1925), and Alice Guy-Blaché (1873).