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Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally running nine hours, this epic tragedy is notable for the way it foreshadows Gance's later 'Napoleon' in its use of innovative cinematic devices, particularly rapid cutting. Written by
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I love when a movie gets into a groove and doesn't feel the need to rush the story.
I love old black and white images, faces of long departed thespians flashing through my eyes.
I love evidence of a film-maker who approaches film as an art form, not just a way to make a few dollars off a franchise.. And here is an artist who had years and the financial means to make what he wanted.
The story had it's share of woe, as well as laughs and tender moments.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves movies and has an attention span.
Glad I own it, as I will no doubt watch it again.
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