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La roue = The wheel

Abel Gance director, producer.; Charles Pathé 1863-1957, producer.; Gabriel de Gravone actor.; Ivy Close 1890-1968, actor.; Séverin Mars 1873-1921, actor.

2008

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  • Title:
    La roue = The wheel
  • Author: Abel Gance director, producer.; Charles Pathé 1863-1957, producer.; Gabriel de Gravone actor.; Ivy Close 1890-1968, actor.; Séverin Mars 1873-1921, actor.
  • Description: Taken to its bare bones, the story deals with Sisif, a locomotive engineer who saves Norma, an infant girl, from a train wreck and raises her as his adopted daughter. Norma thinks Sisif's son Elie is her brother, and when the two fall in love, she leaves to marry a virtual stranger. Sisif is also obsessed with her and the plot elaborates this triangular relationship. La Roue is even more remarkable for its cinematic accomplishment than for its story. The film was taken almost entirely on location. Sets were built along the railroad tracks in the yard at St. Roch, near Nice, and at an elevation of 13,000 feet on Mount Blanc. Gance pioneered a dazzlingly innovative style of rapid montage that revolutionized filmmaking around the world, especially in the works of Eisenstein and his contemporaries in the Soviet Union. Almost every sequence was experimental; as his cinematographer, L-H Burel recalled, 'I'd never come to the end of it if I were to list all the tests we did, all the special effects I invented, and all the innovations we launched. ' Like Intolerance and Citizen Kane, La Roue became a source book of cinematic invention that reverberated in countless other classic films over the decades. It was hailed by artists and intellectuals, who recognized it as a stunning advance in modern art. This new restoration with a running time of nearly four and a half hours, accompanied by Robert Israel's symphonic score, is the fullest presentation of La Roue to reach the public since 1923. It at last allows audiences today to experience the amazing, poetic vision that Abel Gance brought to the world.
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Flicker Alley
  • Format: 1 online resource (263 minutes).
  • Subjects: Railroad construction workers -- Drama; Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Drama; Fathers and daughters -- Drama; Adopted children -- Drama; Man-woman relationships -- Drama; Silent films; Fiction films; Feature films
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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