About Gaston Velle: French film director (1872 - 1948) | Biography, Filmography, Facts, Career, Life
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Gaston Velle
French film director

Gaston Velle

Gaston Velle
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro French film director
Was Film director Screenwriter
From France
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 1872, Rome, Italy
Death 1948, Paris, France (aged 76 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


Gaston Velle (1868–1948) was a French silent film director and pioneer of special effects, who was prominent in early French and Italian cinema during the first two decades of the 20th century. Like his father, the Hungarian entertainer Joseph "Professor" Velle, Gaston began his career as a travelling magician, before putting his illusionist skills to work in cinema and ultimately creating more than fifty films between 1903 and 1911. He worked under Auguste and Louis Lumière, before serving as the head of production for the Italian film studio Cines. But he is best remembered for his work at Pathé, where he was hired to produce trick films that might rival those of his contemporary, Georges Méliès, including classic shorts like Burglars at Work (1904). Some films pioneered lasting techniques, such as his Les Invisibles (1906) – the first known invisible man film.

Velle also created some of the first féerie films, such as tit-for-tat (1906). Additionally, Velle collaborated with other directors such as Segundo de Chomon and Ferdinand Zecca to create such silent film classics as the Moon Lover (1905), the Raja's Casket (1906), and the Hen that Laid the Golden Egg (1905), the latter of which was featured in the 1997 Martin Scorsese film, Kundun.

Velle mysteriously retired from film production in 1913, and little is known about the last several decades of his life. Still, Velle remained part of a prominent cinematic family. Most notably, his son Maurice Velle, a Parisian cinematographer, had a family with screenwriter Mary Murillo.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 28 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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