"What is marvelous about Napoleon and La Roue is the narrative enthusiasm, the sweeping exposition of events, and the way the images reveal interior feelings through dynamic editing."-David Thomson, A Biographical Dictionary of Film
I knew about Abel Gance's Napoleon, but I had no knowledge of his epic drama La Roue (The Wheel).
But it really is a masterpiece of early cinema...the production design, the use of editing and dramatic storytelling.
And plotwise, it features a doomed romance...make that two doomed romances...make that three.
Of course, the fact that the plot borders on incest may be a little uncomfortable for some...
But there are trains...Lots and lots of trains!
And what about Severin-Mars, the star of the movie who is listed as dying in 1921...two years before the release of La Roue? Not even a Wikipedia article about the man?
I think he should at least warrant a Wikipedia article....Maybe I'll write one.
And a special mention to the engineer's loyal dog Toby. I had to at least mention Toby.
I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go-Watching the Wheels, John Lennon