Winner of the 1976 American Film Festival Blue Ribbon for Best Film on Cinema, an introduction to the creative genius of the great French director, Abel Gance, with sequences from his Napoleon (1927), La Roue (1922), and J’Accuse (1919).
Using footage shot during the making of Napoleon, Kevin Brownlow gives us a rare view of an early film masterpiece in production. We discover that Gance was already working with hand-held camera, wide-angle lenses, rapid cutting, multiple superimpositions and panoramic screen, in the twenties. Later, in 1934, he introduced stereophonic sound to film. —BAM/PFA
Kevin Brownlow (born on 2 June 1938, Crowborough, Sussex) is a filmmaker, film historian, television documentary-maker, author, and Academy Award recipient. Brownlow is best known for his work documenting the history of the silent era. Brownlow became interested in silent film at the age of eleven. This interest grew into a career spent documenting and restoring film. He has rescued many silent films and their history. His initiative in interviewing many largely forgotten, elderly film pioneers in the 1960s and 1970s preserved a legacy of cinema. Brownlow received an Academy Honorary Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 13, 2010. —Wikipedia