U.S. Premiere of J'ACCUSE (Abel Gance, 1928)
Directed by Abel Gance (France, 1919)
Cast: Romauld Joub, Sverin-Mars, Maryse Dauvray, Maxime Dejardins
Abel Gance's brilliant pacifist epic is set against the backdrop of the Great War, delineating the tragedy of that war's waste and carnage. Gance returned to active service in 1918 to film actual battle scenes and his expressionistic camerawork and rapid-cut editing are revolutionary, but the heart and soul of J'ACCUSE is the romantic triangle between poet Jean Diaz (Joub), his beloved Edith (Dauvray), and her husband Franois Laurin (Sverin-Mars). Though a huge hit in France, the film was truncated for its American release to blunt its antiwar message, and it flopped. Gance's original cut has been long unavailable until this major restoration made possible by Lobster Films Studios and Netherlands Filmmuseum.
35mm Print from Netherlands Filmmuseum. Approximately 162 minutes.
Robert Israel will perform his original orchestral score adapted to play on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
With generous assistance provided by the
CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Co-presented by ALLIANCE FRANAISE OF SAN FRANCISCO
The Castro Theatre
429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
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