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The Wheel (1923)

La roue (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 February 1923 (France)
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »

Director:

Abel Gance

Writer:

Abel Gance
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gabriel de Gravone ... Elie
Pierre Magnier ... Jacques de Hersan
Georges Térof Georges Térof ... Mâchefer
Séverin-Mars ... Sisif
Ivy Close ... Norma
Max Maxudian ... Le minéralogiste Kalatikascopoulos
Gil Clary Gil Clary ... Dalilah (as Mme. Gil-Clary)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Géo Dugast Géo Dugast ... Le cheminot Jacobin
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Storyline

Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who 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 Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Trivia

Akira Kurosawa stated this was the film that made the greatest impression on him before he began working in the film industry. See more »

Goofs

When Sisif is running in front of the locomotive, the first shot has the locomotive numbered 475. In subsequent shots, the number on the loco is 2013. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: There are shames that must be silenced! - - - OEDIPUS REX
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Alternate Versions

The restored version to its initial intended 7 hour state is shown in 2019 in two parts of 3 hours 47' (La rose du rail) and 3 hours 10' (La tragédie de Sisif), along with Arthur Honegger's restored original music score. The restored version is first shown during the Lumière Film festival in Lyon on 19th and 20th October 2019, then on the French-German television channel Arte on 28th October and 4th November. See more »

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awesome
28 February 2020 | by nadineacoury-44872See all my reviews

Just saw in Paris Fondation Jérome Seydoux-Pathé the newly restored version


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Country:

France

Language:

None | French | English

Release Date:

17 February 1923 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wheel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Abel Gance See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2008) (cut) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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