"There is cinema before and after LA ROUE as there is painting before and after Picasso." - Jean Cocteau
If my top ten list were to be written rather than improvised, La Roue would be my number one for foreign film and number three for favorite film of all time. This is Abel Gance's best work. He has managed to construct such an epic that is equal only to Victor Hugo (who is referenced in the beginning of the film). The photography, acting, editing, and montages are all excellent. The only thing anyone could see as a downside is the lengthy plot development---but this is not my complaint. I love a film that reads like a novel.
Also, the music by Robert Israel makes this restoration shine!
Beautiful film marred by bungled score on this version. Not sure if it's a sync issue or just indifference on the part of the distributors, but at some point around the beginning of part 2 of this presentation the score gets badly out of whack - music becomes intense and dramatic during a visit to the optometrist, while the horrific death of a major character is treated with a light and playful theme.
Despite the issues nothing can take away from the power and beauty of the final passages. A grueling brutal film that allows for some grace at the end. Really great.
La roue (1923) is a film with high entertainment value, & high artistic merit. The 4+ hour length of the film didn't make it boring or tedious for me at all. I appreciated this old silent film MUCH more than MANY, MANY "talkie" films that I have viewed.
Truly incredible, a masterpiece beyond words.