This book [The Parade's Gone By] is dedicated to Abel Gance not because he had a blemish-free record of sparkling successes, but because. Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with. Directed by Abel Gance. With Séverin-Mars, Ivy Close, Gabriel de Gravone, Pierre Magnier. Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful . La Roue is a French silent film, directed by Abel Gance, who also directed Napoléon and J'accuse. It was released in The film used then- revolutionary.