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Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Christine Leteux

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the early days of cinema, a forgotten master played a major part in the development of feature film and literary adaptation. In France, Albert Capellani directed for Pathé the first versions of ... More


From Vincennes to the Alhambra

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After his military service, Capellani worked in a bank while his brother Paul was becoming a famous stage actor working with André Antoine. In 1904, Albert Capellani joined the world of entertainment ... More


Woman’s Director

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani was now director-general of the Clara Kimball Young Film Corporation, directed by Lewis J. Selznick (David O. Selznick’s father). He directed three features with the beautiful Clara, ... More


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Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani’s last years back in France were lonely and aimless. He tried unsuccessfully to go back to filmmaking. His health was failing, and he suffered a stroke. By the time of his death, at age ... More


From the Marais to the Batignolles

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani was born in Paris in a middle-class family in 1874. This chapter details his education and that of his brother Paul, who later became an actor in his brother’s films. The background of the ... More


Transition at Mutual

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani’s brief stint at Mutual Corporation was the lowest point of his career. He made only two films, both with a poor reputation. At this point, his brother Paul, who had been working with him ... More


Filmmaker

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani was now the principal filmmaker at SCAGL. In 1913, he made a powerful adaptation of Zola’s Germinal, shot partially on locations. This film was particularly striking for the underplaying of ... More


On the Front Line

Christine Leteux

in Albert Capellani: Pioneer of the Silent Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813166438
eISBN:
9780813166728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813166438.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Capellani and the rest of the Pathé studio had to stop all activities. He was mobilized, but by December 1914 he was discharged because of his chronic diabetes. His two brothers were also mobilized, ... More


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