La Roue (La Rose du rail) (The Wheel)
La Roue (La Rose du rail) (The Wheel) (1923)

Sisif (Severin-Mars) is the kindly railroad engineer who adopts the orphan girl Norma (Ivy Close). He raises her as his own along with his son Elie (Pierre Magnier). When they are grown, Elie and Herson (Gabriele de Gravvone) are compelled… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 17, 1923
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
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TV Guide

This 1923 family tragedy from the director of Napoleon dates badly today: the restored four-and-a-half-hour print is often agonizing to sit through.

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Sean Axmaker

[Abel Gance] is a master conductor who plays scenes like symphonies of feelings...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Gance took this moldy, soapy story about a railroad man who adopts a young orphan girl and turned into a sprawling, half-mad, 4-1/2 hour masterpiece.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A tragic melodrama of tortured love.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Gance's command of cinematic vocabulary is simply breathtaking...required viewing for anyone who cares about the development of movies as a form of communication.

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