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 213,874 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Abel Gance is the 161st most popular film director (down from 160th in 2019), the 1,072nd most popular biography from France (up from 1,089th in 2019) and the 25th most popular French 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 161 out of 1,580Before him are Kathryn Bigelow, Victor Sjöström, Alexander Dovzhenko, Jiří Menzel, István Szabó, and Sergio Corbucci. After him are Nikita Mikhalkov, Robert Wise, Guy Ritchie, Lewis Milestone, Nagisa Oshima, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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Among people born in 1889, Abel Gance ranks 34Before him are Risto Ryti, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Walter Lippmann, Zalman Shazar, Günther Lütjens, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. After him are Hannes Meyer, Taha Hussein, Hans-Jürgen Stumpff, Richard Réti, Edgar Adrian, and Mercédès Jellinek. Among people deceased in 1981, Abel Gance ranks 31Before him are Karl Böhm, Mehmet Shehu, Zarah Leander, Georges Brassens, Bill Haley, and Eugenio Montale. After him are David Wechsler, Max Delbrück, Miroslav Krleža, Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Will Durant, and Omar Torrijos.

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Among people born in France, Abel Gance ranks 1,072 out of 5,234Before him are Élisée Reclus (1830), Pierre Mignard (1612), Jean Dausset (1916), Jean-Andoche Junot (1771), René Girard (1923), and Jean Marc Gaspard Itard (1774). After him are Charles III, Prince of Monaco (1818), Princess Clémentine of Orléans (1817), Alice Prin (1901), Robert-François Damiens (1715), Henri, Prince of Condé (1588), and Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800).


Among film directors born in France, Abel Gance ranks 25Before him are Jacques Rivette (1928), Jean Vigo (1905), Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907), Marcel Carné (1906), Jacques Demy (1931), and Claude Lanzmann (1925). After him are Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1953), Alice Guy-Blaché (1873), Frank Darabont (1959), Chris Marker (1921), Julien Duvivier (1896), and Jacques Becker (1906).