Paris: Films Abel Gance, 1923. Original program for the legendary 1923 French silent film, made on the heels of his success with "J'accuse!" (1919) and just prior to "Napoléon" (1927). As Kevin Brownlow notes in his legendary historical study of silent film, "La Roue" is not only the director's masterpiece, but the apex of that era. Originally released at seven hours, today's reconstruction runs about four and a half hours. Rare.
Not only revolutionary in its use of editing, lighting, and depiction of passing time, but also one of the bravest stories of the early twentieth century, completely conceived by the director. Railroad engineer Sisif rescues a young girl named Norma from a train wreck when she is a baby, and as he raises her begins to realize he is hopelessly in love with her.
A deluxe program, photo illustrated throughout with accompanying 2-color designs and descriptive text. Oblong card wrappers, saddle-stitched, 16 pages, Very Good plus with some light wear and brief chipping at the corners.