La Roue

by Abel Gance 4h33min France 1923
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La Roue
by Abel Gance

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.

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  • Ivy Close : Norma
  • Séverin-Mars : Sisif
  • Gabriel de Gravone : Elie
  • And with: Pierre Magnier, Gil Clary, Georges Térof


  • Director Abel Gance
  • Scenario Abel Gance
  • Photo director Léonce-Henri Burel, Marc Bujard, Maurice Duverger
  • Original music Arthur Honegger
  • Producer Charles Pathé
  • Production Compagny Société des Films Abel Gance
  • Distributor Pathé Distribution

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,33:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Production1923
  • Release date for France02/23/1923
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageSilent
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