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The eye of the INA : Mary Tudor, the great adventure tv of Abel Gance

23 and April 30, 1966, French television about 20 hours 30 minutes, Mary Tudor, a melodrama romantic directed by Abel Gance. It is an event as this pioneer of the big screen has decided, at 76 years of age, of passing, for the first time, to the small screen. He devoted several months to the adaptation of this play in three acts by Victor Hugo, created in 1833, in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin. It has, in particular , added "foundations psychological' through a prologue where, from the historical reality, he thought of the night that forever changed, the future Mary 1. When her father took the decision to found the anglican Church.

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It seemed necessary to explain the character of Mary Tudor. "We shall see, a very young, attend to the terrible night in which the king, his father, decides persecutions of the romish. (...) Mary Tudor inherits the flaws of its father, of its cruelty, of its tyranny, indifference to human pain," explains Abel Gance. "For me, Mary Tudor is a prototype of Nero female. This is not the legend that it owes its nickname of Mary the Bloody. Through the plot twists of the room, the shock and the reversal of extraordinary feelings, the struggle of the queen and Jane, who want to each save a beloved man (Fabiani for the queen, Gilbert for Jane), I wanted to show how the absolute power and excess of temperament that is marked by atavism lead to evil. Mary Tudor is, therefore, a film about the dictatorship."

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It is also and primarily a feat for television. The length of a scenario has led to cut the film from 3 hours and 20 minutes, in two parts, "Henry VIII" and " The vengeance of Mary Tudor ". Françoise Christophe, Lucien Raimbourg, Michel de Ré, Bernard Dhéran and Pierre Massimi are the leading performers of an adventure television on which the filmmaker will at length be expressed in the weeks prior to the broadcast. "I came to television, because the cinema, with my last film, D'artagnan against Cyrano, it has not given me everything that I hoped for," he said.

In reality, this decision is the result of fifteen years of reflections. What can he bring to the small screen born ? If he has an idea, it give you the means to carry it out ? He conjures up regularly its fluctuations, at the end of the meetings of a committee of the programmes that it will be chairing between 1952 and 1959, at the request of Jean d'arcy, director of French television. "I don't distinguish between the image, small or large," he added in 1966, stating that he has however taken care to multiply large plans. "What are exclamation points necessary to the viewer,"

Fabiani (Pierre Massimi) tries to save his love for Mary Tudor (Françoise Christophe). INA

terms and conditions of work have not posed the slightest problem. He had , of course, turn a lot faster than on his sets usual, but it came out thanks to the quality of the technical teams and of the players he had chosen.

This adventure that will not have a result is added to the filmography, also single of a pioneer of the seventh part All the filmmakers have in them something of Abel Gance. Producer, writer, director, he is the source of technologies that have enabled the cinematograph of the Lumière brothers to become a great show. He invented tools, and so materialized on-screen , dreams that were lying on the paper.

We must at this pioneer of the silent and the speaking ; the first scenes in the open air, in Corsica for Napoleon . The sound broadcast in a room by several speakers , it is also, as well as the voice-off, the triple screen, polyvision, without forgetting the " Magirama ", on three screens , in 1956 with the help of his assistant, the faithful Nelly Kaplan. A man who has never played the card of delusions of grandeur , but the grandeur of the folies.

Find on Madelen Marie Tudor, Abel Gance, with Françoise Christophe, Lucien Raimbourg, Michel de Ré, Bernard Dhéran and Pierre Massimi

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