The Wheel

by Gian Luca Farinelli


PostED ON OCTOBER 13, 2019 at 5:30PM


The colossal work by Abel Gance, reconstituted and restored, will be screened in the conditions of the era. It will feature an original score of the most beautiful music of the 1920s, played by the National Orchestra of Lyon, conducted by Frank Strobel.

As Cocteau said, “There is cinema before and after The Wheel, just as there is painting before and after Picasso.”


Gian Luca Farinelli Paul GrandsardGian Luca Farinelli, director of the Cineteca di Bologna
Copyright Paul Grandsard

"The Wheel is one of the greatest monuments in the history of film, a work that exemplifies both the grandeur of the cinema and its fragility. Misplaced and severely mutilated for almost a hundred years, it has recovered its visual and musical integrity today, thanks to the immense restoration work carried out by the Pathé Foundation.
In The Wheel, Abel Gance, one of the main experimenters in the history of cinema - hence Francis Coppola’s appreciation for him – focuses on the actors as no one before him had done. Throughout the film, we see them age, change, go through the course of life. Gance explores completely new territories of the art of acting. Audiences would have to wait for the Actors Studio to find the same courage to defy the rules of the actor’s craft.

The screening that will take place during the Lumière festival is one of the major events of the cinema year: it will be remembered by those who have had the privilege to attend."



The Wheel
 The world premiere of the gigantic work by Abel Gance
thanks to the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation

At the Auditorium of Lyon, screened in two parts
Saturday, October 19 at 10 am (4h16 with intermission)
and Sunday, October 20 at 10 am (3h37 with intermission)


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