La Roue (La Rose du rail) (The Wheel) (1923) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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




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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 to fight to the death on a mountain top over the love of Norma. Elie dies when he falls after losing his grip on a tree branch, and Norma is turned out by Sisif who blames her for the death of his only son. She marries Herson but is left a widow within the year. Sisif becomes a blind recluse and visits the sight of his son's death on the one-year anniversary. He arrives with the help of his guide dog. Norma returns to help Sisif but is again turned away by the bitter father. She secretly helps the old man until he dies in this sentimental melodrama. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
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On DVD: Aug 4, 2009

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All Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | May 9, 2008

A tragic melodrama of tortured love.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
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Audience Reviews for La Roue (La Rose du rail) (The Wheel)

At times La Roue was exciting yet too many times it drug on without an end in sight. There were some amazing shots and camera work as Abel Gance really brought some new ideas to light. The acting became a bit overdone and Severin-Mars who played the father tried so hard to roll up his eyes to appear blind that it lost its effect on the viewer. La Roue had all of the elements to be a good movie and is a decent movie but at four and a half hours it just drug on way to much. Not for people looking for a good movie but one that film buffs and historians should seek out.

Originally 9 hours? 4 hours and 22 minutes made a long enough melodrama about two pathetic schlubs pining for the same lady. Pioneers some filmmaking techniques, though, so I'm not saying it's a waste of time by any stretch.

somehow this film really works in spite of being highly melodramatic and quite often self consciously arty. it's very emotional though and it contains many poetic images.

steven mayo

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