Abel Gance


Hollande), about a dike in the Netherlands. In his scenarios and his films Gance conveys a very personal and romantic vision of historical figures, including Beethoven, Lucrezia Borgia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mary Tudor and of course Napoleon. Over a period of sixty years Gance directed or produced some sixty films. He started out with a series of short films for Le Film Français, his film about Mary Tudor was a television production for ORTF. During WW1, Gance worked as a filmmaker for the French army's archives, filming footage of actual battles, which he later used for J'accuse (1919, shown at the Holland Festival in 2009), a film in which dead soldiers rise from their graves and march home to demand the horrors of the war are accounted for. J'accuse had a great impact at the time and received international distribution. Gance's next film, La Roue, was equally successful and impressive, especially due to its use of innovative lighting techniques and fast cutting. As well as biopics about famous historical figures, other recurring themes in Gance's movies are danger (natural disaster in La Digue and La Fin du Monde, modern technology in La Roue), a glorification of the creative arts (La Dixième Symphonie, Un Grand Amour de Beethoven) and eroticism (La Dame aux Camelias, La Paradies Perdu, La Fin du Monde). Abel Gance is now regarded as one of the greatest cinematographers in history. On a par with Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, Napoleon is often quoted as the most important film from the silent era. Throughout his life, Gance strived for technological and artistic innovation, making him a unique figure in world cinema. Carl Davis (1936) is an American composer and conductor, who is currently engaged with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Davis has written music for more than one hundred television programmes, mainly for the BBC, but he is most famous for the scores he has written for silent movies. As well as for Napoleon, he also composed the music for a number of reconstructed versions of silent movies newly released on DVD, including Ben Hur, The Phantom of the Opera and Chaplin's City Lights. In addition, he wrote musical scores for Champions (1983), Widows Peak (1994)and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981),which won him a BAFTA for Best Film Music. Davis collaborated with Paul McCartney on McCartney's fist classical work, entitled Liverpool Oratorio, which he wrote in 1991 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra stands for tradition and innovation. Within this highly dynamic context the orchestra transmits the passion for live classical music to young and old alike. Comprising 85 musicians, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra is a major, first-rate symphony orchestra. It aspires to bring live symphonic music to as many people as possible in its home province of Gelderland and beyond. Besides performing 100 symphonic concerts per year, the orchestra organises a large number of family concerts, educative concerts and special participatory projects for amateurs, in pursuit of its goal. It also records numerous CDs, both live and in the studio. As a result of all this the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra reaches an audience of over 400,000. The orchestra is renowned for its innovative activities, for which it has won various awards. Recently it introduced the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra LAB, a hothouse nurturing groundbreaking musical initiatives. Since 2011 the young and successful Antonello Manacorda has been the chief conductor of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.