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La Roue (1923) de Abel Gance - front cover


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The Wheel (1923)
by Abel Gance

Pathé - June 24 , 2020

Original Title :
: French DTS-MA Mute (or music) 5.1 / Mute (or music) 2.0 mono
Subtitles : English, German
Country : France
Year : 192 3
Duration : 418' ( )
Format : Blu-ray
Area : B
Genre : Silent, Drama

Chief engineer Sisif takes in a little orphan girl following a railroad disaster. Her name is Norma and she is brought up with Elie, Sisif's son, who is around the same age. Everything seems to be going well, but little by little Sisif feels a strange passion for his adopted daughter.

Content and Bonuses
7-hour full restored version, with the original music reconstructed
Contains :
  • Disc 1: Prologue + 1st era
  • Disc 2: 2nd era + 3rd era
  • Disc 3: 4th era
  • a 140-page booklet:
    • A look back at the work of restoring the film and its music
    • A look back at the collaboration between the Swiss and French Cinémathèques
    • 12 questions to Bernd Thewes (in charge of music reconstruction)
    • List of musical compositions used for the film

Blu-ray 4:
The Wheel, a restored masterpiece (31')
"Around the Wheel": documentary on the shooting of Blaise Cendrars (9')
Before/after the restoration of the film (5')
Deleted scenes (6')
Archive: the occupation of the Ruhr by French troops in 1923 (4')
Abel Gance in "The history of cinema by those who made it" (7')
Abel Gance in "Filmmakers of our time" (7')