La Roue

La Roue

The Wheel

DVD - 2008
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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. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, and cinematic devices.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Flicker Alley, c2008
Edition: Deluxe DVD edition
ISBN: 9781893967373
1893967379
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (263 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Wheel

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Sep 08, 2014

It's amazing this downer of a movie is not more depressing, but I think this is largely due to the fact that it never plays the sorrows of its characters for simple pathos. I can't think of many other early silent films that were this far ahead of their time (though Birth of a Nation and Nosferatu come to mind): not only is Gance's use of setting unequivocally brilliant, his editing is the missing link between the work of Griffith and the Russian masters like Eisenstein and Pudovkin.

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