FILM FIN DU MONDE APOCALYPSE

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La fin de monde not Available on DVD 1931 / B&W / 1:20 flat full call / 105 54 min. / la fin de monde, vue, entendue, interprété d"apres ns théme du Camille Flamarion par Abel GanceStarring Abel Gance, victor Francen, Colette Darfeuil, sylvie Grenade (Gance), Samson Fainsilber, jeans d"Yd, george ColinCinematography Maurice Forster, roger Hubert, jules Kruger, Nikolas RoudakoffArt la gestion César Lacca, Lazare Meerson, jeans Perrier, Walter RuttmanFilm Editor Mme. Bruyere, Marguerite RenoirMatte artist W. Percy DayOriginal music Arthur Honegger, Maurice Marthenot, michelle Levine, R. Siohan, Vladimir ZederbaumWritten par Jean Boyer, H.S. Kraft, Abel Gance native a story par Camillle flammarion Produced by K. IvanoffDirected de Abel GanceReviewed by Glenn EricksonNot Available on DVD; perceived from an Italian tv broadcast.Abel Gance"s les fin de monde (The End du the World) is a challenging movie venir see in its d’origine version. The tous les jours Variety testimonial from February 11, 1931 judged it a finish artistic et commercial disaster et placed the blame squarely at the feet ns its "overreaching" director. Thé movie to be in fabrication for almost deux years, cost five million francs and became the life all-talking français feature film. Gance spent a fortune developing a stereophonic sound system, hoping à widen the aural experience in thé same way that hey spread out his masterpiece Napoleon onto three screens. It"s uncertain si the film was ever before exhibited through a stereotype track.We don"t know how long la fin du monde might have been had actually Gance been allowed to finish it, cible it to be taken away from him et cut venir 105 intriguing minutes. Auto only version released in the United states is a considerably hacked 54-minute 1934 cut that eliminates the surtout character played de Abel Gance nearly completely. Divers sources say the this shorter dépense The End of the World begins with a an extensive filmed lecture on auto heavens by an astronomer, and makes non sense whatsoever.

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La fin aux monde was auto Heaven"s Gate de its place et time. Variety implies that Gance"s financiers seized the film et released their own déditions because lock thought cette was an irresponsible megalomaniac. Est différent sources say that upheavals in the french stock market forced the investors à pull the plug. Still, the la peinture of Gance as année egotistical loose cannon is borne out passant par the film"s original French title, which translates as The End de the World, Seen, Heard and Rendered from an Idea by Camille Flammarion, de Abel Gance. Everything about the cinématique communicates Gance"s assurance that auto world is coming venir a political et moral apocalypse, et that his duty is venir use his cinematic arts to habitent the hearts de the civilization toward spirituality values. Auto investors must oui been shocked to see Gance cast himself in the role du a contemporary prophet pointing thé way to humanity"s salvation. The cinématique initially lets nous believe that auto director is playing Christ, until the caméra pulls back et reveals the he"s année actor in a enthousiasme Play within thé film.Abel Gance enthusiast et silent screen qualifié Kevin Brownlow used a few tantalizing excerpts from les fin du monde in his documentaire on silent European Cinema, cinéma Europe: exciting special effects ns a bright heavenly body approaching Paris, and highlights de a wild orgy scene. Savant wrote about la fin aux monde in a 1999 web article called Those Astral un tube Movies. I"ve only recently watched the d’origine full-length film, in french with Italian subtitles for an Italian tv broadcast. It"s been argued that apocalyptic Science fiction films affecter to auto 20th Century resurgences of croyant revivalism that accompanied the présenter of radio and television. Ns fin du monde not seul supports the theory, it aids in understanding the religious-political hysteria behind later films like rouge Planet Mars.Because la fin aux monde is at present haricot de soja difficult à see, I"ve consisted of a detailed breakdown of its extremely melodramatic storyline: full Synopsis, v spoilers: Author, actor, poet & prophet jean Novalic (Abel Gance) plays jésus Christ in a church la passion play. Socialite isabelle Bolin (Sylvie Grenade) attends with elle sweetheart, stock promoter Schomburg (Samson Fainsilber), who is entranced par the blonde actress playing mary Magdalene, Genevieve de Murcie (Colette Darfeuil). Genevieve defies elle scientist dad Monsieur du Murcie (Jean d"Yd) to proposer to auto impoverished actor-poet. Jean tells her that they cannot marry because his destiny is to suffer for the redemption du mankind; he"s obsessed by the fact that europe is rushing into autre war. Jean"s rich brother warke Novalic (Victor Francen) is a renowned astronomer et Nobel Prizewinner. Belliqueux offers to pay blue jeans to abandonner his self-martyrdom and marry Genevieve, cible Jean refuses. Earlier home, Genevieve"s father, jealous de Martial"s Nobel fame, accepts de largent from Schomburg venir build a observatory better than Novalic"s. Schomburg then announces his intention to court du Murcie"s daughter.Jean comes to thé aid du a jeune woman being abused passant par her parents. Accused of rape, jeans is mobbed et critically wounded par a punch to auto head. Venir Isabelle"s displeasure, Schomburg accompanies Genevieve à a an intricate party, takes her back to sa apartment and rapes her. In his observatory high atop Pic aux Midi, guerre et réponse detects thé Lexell Comet in the constellation Gemini and computes that cette is nous a collision arttasters with auto Earth. Thé world will shortly end.
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Jean has currently predicted thé coming apocalypse, and prophesizes that auto cataclysm has actually arrived venir "save the hearts de man." Doves alight nous Jean"s bed ont he asks warke to swear venir keep Lexell a secret, et to use auto opportunity venir teach men to amour one anotherMartial confides venir his partner that auto comet will strike in 114 days. They check his findings et honor his pledge of secrecy. After jeans is taken to an asylum, Martial and a despondent Genevieve hear to auto phonograph enregistrer he"s left behind. Genevieve is instructed to abandon her worldly life et help guerre et réponse inaugurate a nouveau World Government. Jean"s voice speak them they need to marry et become auto shepherd et shepherdess du humanity. Genevieve look at a vision ns Jean as Christ.With 92 days left, a surtout war fear develops. Schomburg invests heavily in armaments. Belliqueux goes venir the riche Werster and tells him that thé world will end. Motivated to help, Werster traction out du his stock market deals through Schomburg et gives belliqueux a chance to purchase a newspaper and a transfer station. Genevieve has remained single but helps to organize Radio guerre et réponse Novalic"s broadcasts ns peace bulletins. Martial"s loyal confederates jam official radio news, prevent warnings that battle mobilization is imminent. Then guerre et réponse announces thé coming End ns the World. Stock markets plunge around auto globe marqué Schomburg continuez to buy; exhausted, Genevieve wishes she were back with Schomburg.732 hours à go. De Murcie and Schomburg accusé Novalic of kidnapping Genevieve et using auto Comet oui a hoax to destroy auto economy. A government minister orders auto exchanges closed et the arrest of Martial et Werster. But Martial"s revendeur agréé learn du the arrest warrant through a surprise microphone. The un journal is confiscated and the radiophonique station destroyed, and Martial et Werster escape. The government suppresses thé truth and the stock market recovers. Schomberg hold a substantial party conditions météorologiques the night martial claims that thé Comet will come to be visible. Auto war profiteer speak a grouper of gangsters that he"ll pay a million francs if Martial et Werster are uncovered dead before morning. Genevieve has returned to elle father and joins Schomburg à neck in thé garden; auto jealous directeurbell runs à warn guerre et réponse Novalic. At the party, everyone sees the Comet!Thanks venir Isabelle, belliqueux again escapes et learns that complete war mobilization will shortly be announced. He et Werster mèche to destroy thé government"s radio antenna in thé Eiffel Tower. Schomburg et his gangsters venir corner auto hero saboteurs high above the city. Genvieve advice off martial by telephone the Schomburg and his killers are ascending in année elevator. Werster cautions Genevieve venir stay conditions météorologiques the ground and uses a cut torch to sever thé elevator cable. Marqué Genevieve has actually taken thé elevator ont well et is eliminated with the rest.

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Humanity deserve to now see the Lexell Comet through their very own eyes, et Radio Novalic resumes broadcasting. Martial calls pour the first convention of thé "General States du the Universe" conditions météorologiques August 5, thé night antérieur à the collision. The world prays - Christians, Muslims, natives in Africa. Thé Comet looms bigger in the sky et extreme weather ensues -- blizzards, storms, tidal waves. Through 32 hours venir go, riots and pandemonium break out. Wherever liquor is available, a large party begins. A thousand upstream revelers bring musicians into a good hall à la a feast and orgy. Monks carrying candles interrupt auto orgy and lead the coporation, groupe in prayer. As the orbits du the Comet and the sol converge, warke Novalic addresses the une World Congress, which unanimously agrees (including thé U.S.A.) to unite tous governments into a single harmonious entity. The Lexell Comet directly misses the earth. Much du the people has to be reduced venir rubble, but life will aller on.Even at its full 1931 release length, les fin du monde is a delirious misfire. Conditions météorologiques the technological level, it has toutes les personnes the flaws de a sapin talkie effort. Most dialogue scenes are one or two-take revolution setups interrupted by mismatched cutaways. Gance"s travail scenes ont the feel ns silent serials from auto "teens, with auto hero belliqueux Novalic invariably being warned just before the authorities can arrest him. The film has a reasonable clinical attitude et the special effects are quite good. When auto Lexell Comet is finally visible in vast daylight, the illusion is excellent.Evidence du drastic cutting appears from the start.

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The title musique cuts éteindre rudely et is changed by another cue just oui the first scene begins. We hear numerous mentions of anti-war demonstrations marqué see seul a bon sang of a scene v a gros crowd, denote the faisabilité elimination de a an extensive montage. Auto fierce storms and crazy weather that signe the approach du the Comet are accomplished with acceptable miniatures effects, but seem à be severely edited as well. Deux scenes use the signe flutter cutting viewed in différent Abel Gance silent films. In the final World government meeting, Gance distorts the images weirdly, oui if the impacter of auto Comet were affecting ours vision. The montage that haven"t
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been transformed are excellent, but the continuity is severely damaged in the scene du the elevator crash. Nous never watch Genevieve enter the elevator car, however lines of conversation hint that she is inside when cette falls. Somebody apparently made decision that lock didn"t favor that scene, et mangled it with a re-cut.Most reviewers criticize auto acting, when the players actually aren"t bad at all. Victor Francen fares specifically well in a an overwhelming role. Auto problem is a naïve, emotional script that rushes from une sensational jaune miraculous scene to another like a Biblical epic by Cecil B. Aux Mille. Thé male personalities are split into la noblesse heroes -- auto ones the follow auto lead de the prophet blue jeans -- and dastardly villains favor Schomburg, who wants to lucratif from the war scare et rape both the country et the top lady. Gance"s daring dévouement play step fumbles his real point, that auto church public couldn"t treatment less around religion. Schomburg wants to daté the actrice playing mary Magdalene. Blue jeans Novalic"s play inspires lust, no spirituality.The female personalities are even an ext thoughtlessly imagined. Jean"s mother is an idealized stereotype while thé raven-haired Isabelle et her friend "the princess" room mindless playgirls mooning end Schomburg, auto richest homme they know. Gance has actually his women change character conditions météorologiques a whim, oui when isabelle warns belliqueux in ajuster of jealousy. Perhaps negative continuity is at fault, marqué Genevieve is ridiculously inconsistent, swearing venir serve Martial et then rushing back at auto worst possible moment to rejoin auto rapist Schomburg. Genevieve"s contradictory acte serve seul the convenience ns the jerky plot.The cinématique is hysterical pacifist propaganda the extends the comparatively reasonable thesis ns Gance"s earlier J"Accuse!, a fear movie where thé dead du WW1 refuse to stay dead because leurope  has no taken auto proper steps to insure a lasting peace. La fin du monde would certainly appear à be a réagir to a num of so late 1920s phenomena: the resurgence of chrétien revivalism conditions météorologiques the radio, surtout stock crashes and news du corruption et financial scandals in
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the français government. Jeans speaks in humanist-spiritual terms and never mentions jesus or God, but the un message is clear. He is of arttaserse a literal jésus figure, accompanied par doves et preaching the spiritual salvation of mankind in thé End du Days. Thé ideas in the cinématique are both grandiose et simpleminded, et permeated through the notion that large problems have the right to be solved with simple solutions. Novalic has seul to jam the government"s radiophonique broadcasts à delay a declaration de war. Frankly, I"d think that numerous 1931 audiences would find auto whole theme, consisting of Gance"s dress-up masquerade oui Jesus, venir be in perfectly lousy taste. A ajouter of religious services around thé world (often imitated in later on apocalyptic epics) is marred by showing african natives speak with accelerated "Micky Mouse" squeaked voices. Perhaps par the producers added that detail, and not Gance. Thé producers did no excise a shot mirroring that blue jeans Novalic is inspired by the teachings ns Kropotkin, thé theorist who proposed Anarchist Communism as the perfect framework for society.Others ont seen Fascist tendencies in thé film, reminding nous that Gance"s masterpiece Napoleon champions thé emperor oui a an excellent Frenchman, negating the anti-nationalist message of J"Accuse. Martial"s gift of knowledge is certainly not democratic; just ont Schomburg accuses, he seizes thé leadership of the country with massive propaganda and by silencing auto opposition. Warke murders his most de nombreux enemy in wide daylight. Hey galvanizes his pendant at a giant rencontre that resembles the Nazi rallies à come. Thé strongest message in ns fin du monde is that auto masses have to throw their appui behind a strong leader with a righteous cause. Uh-oh.The film"s most renowned scene is année enormous orgy. Kevin Brownlow reported that a great many costumed extras were hired, the music and champagne were laid on and the crowd was told to "have at it" when the camera crane relocated overhead. 1 also when trimmed à la the release version, the spectacle outdoes the Biblical romps in de Mille epics. Une brief shot shows up to montrer dozens de lovers inside wall up on a mat on the floor. Of course, just oui things are acquiring interesting, hooded monks enter et everyone beginning praying instead. 2
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La fin du monde sees thé threatening comet oui the savior ns mankind, just ont weary diplomats and pundits regularly wish the one issue -- or enemy -- would appear to unite toutes les personnes peoples. Auto proclamation ns a universel Government oui the city falls around them is crazy enough, cible even sillier is the concept that together a pact would certainly be honored when the sun increased again the next day. Gance rather chooses to end on a farm yard scene the demonstrates the "life walk on."Gance embarked on his first sound film standing at the forefront of french cinema, and came out nearly ruined. The film ended Gance"s freewheeling career et turned him back venir "safe" projects. It"s thought about his worst movie. In one du his essays, when doubter Jean-Luc Godard wants à belittle Gance as an overrated loser, cette simply title-drops la fin de monde.La fin aux monde clearly influenced Wylie and Balmer"s roman When civilizations Collide et After worlds Collide, which take auto same story and graft nous a Roosevelt-like public works project à build a Noah"s Ark spaceship to pour échapper à the cosmic cataclysm. The des romans sublimate thé revivalist theme de offering hope for survival (salvation) in auto form du a new planet. Instead ns a spiritual rebirth, the American books suggest the a technical elite will certainly earn auto right venir survive because they praise science. The rest du the world, including what Wylie et Balmer consider "inferior" races, space unworthy and must perish. In auto American model too, spiritual fundamentalism eventually endorses fascist solutions. 20th century Sci-Fi is fundamentally political in nature -- et the statements it makes cover auto whole politics spectrum. 3
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Reviewed: respectable 31, 2007Footnotes:1. as it turns out, les fin aux monde to be the cinématique debut for année electronic musical dinstruments called a Martenot. Cette is featured in auto foreground of the first big party scene. Return2. A 1930 18 minutes film de Eugène Deslaw called approximativement de ns fin de monde (Around the End of the World) has actually seen screenings at film festivals lately. Cette reportedly collects display screen tests and deleted or censored scenes from ns fin du monde and may have been some kind de promotional effort. After a century"s precious of recadrer PR around the french being uninhibited, ce would it is in interesting à see something that proves it. NOTE, 12.03.07: Kevin Pyrtle has located Autour les fin aux monde et placed cette online! ce can be perceived at this URL. Return3. Homme Maddin"s six-minute quick from 2000 the Heart ns the people is a stylistic celebration of silent Soviet agit-prop cinema, but its theme and story are borrowed from les fin de monde. Two brothers, une a surrogate Christ figure, love an Aelita- prefer woman whose inversé telescope reports that auto "heart de the world" (a literal beating love in the centre of auto Earth) is dying. Elle takes that is place et becomes a humanistic Madonna, glowing with amour that makes auto world rejoice. The raw power that fuels thé Heart of the human being is KINO ... Cinema. Return4. A remarque from Kevin Pyrtle, April 2, 2008: hi again, Glenn. Je now have the American release édition of les fin ns monde. Tous I can say is that si the french theatrical édition is a failure, then there aren"t words quite court enough venir describe je vous demande pardon was done à it by American distributors. Auto whole thing plays with année inordinate num of intertitles explaining things that don"t need explaining, v explanations that frequently don"t do sense. My favori of the moment is une describing the conséquences of thé orgy scene: "But even here, suddenly and weirdly appear thé monks à bless "death"". What little conversation there is left conditions météorologiques display is in the d’origine French, augmented with English subtitles that occasionally are yes, really translations et are, more often, completely out de place.Tack nous to thé 45 protocole of actual movie thé obscenely long introduction by the supposed curator ns Astronomy at the museum of Natural background in nouveau York et what you ont is année utterly strange et nearly unwatchable 54 minute feature.All is no lost, however. Mien suspicions to be correct, at least in part. While the orgy itself is actually cut a bit in this version, both thé lead-up to it and the succeeding scenes ns cometary damage are vastly prolonged over thé Italian tv print. At least a couple of good protocole of additional footage are to be had actually here -- there pouvez be est différent scenes that are longer ont well, cible a more in-depth comparison will be necessary to catch any de them. I imagine the ungodly amount ns stock clip pumped into the American cut will make that more challenging than ce need be.That"s toutes les personnes for now. I"ll definitely be law a composite du the two prints of les fin de monde and will permit you know when ce is ready. Kindest regards, Kevin Pyrtle