June 4th, 2008

On the Move

Posted in Images, Quotes by DavidE

Gance's Napoleon

Lobby card for Abel Gance’s Napoleon (1927)

“I found myself becoming bored with the stationary camera, and I wanted to be completely free. The cameramen never refused to do what I asked of them, but they were not particularly pleased at the idea of having to hold the camera. At that time there were no lightweight cameras, and hand-holding was very tiring. Eventually, we invented a sort of cuirasse which, strapped to the chest, supported the camera.”

– Abel Gance, interviewed by Kevin Brownlow for his book The Parade’s Gone By (1968)

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  1. Julio says:

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    March 16th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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