The Wheel - First Period

by Abel Gance4h331923France

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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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  • Credits

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

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1923
    • French release date : 23 février 1923
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : Silent

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