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One of the silent era's shining lights
on May 28, 2013
The editing for the movie was great with no dropped connections, so the flow was perfect...not something that was a given at this point in time. (1920) The music was the only drawback...it was dull, monotonous and repetitive and moody. Only in a few scenes later on did it have any variety and in anyway match the mood of the scene on the screen at the time. Fortunately the music was not overpowering.I have a DVD not a Blue ray. It played fine and the quality of the reproduction was very good...no flaws noted. The company is Alpha and I have many from this company and not one yet has failed to play on my $10 DVD player.
as a story, it was interesting in it's periodness value.
as a movie it stands up with even the the best the talkie period has to offer. There is a curious note. though this appears to be a contemporary story, there is not a single motor vehichle in the movie, just horse drawn carriages. Is this something to do with the "Down east" connection? is this a subtle D.W. Griffith insinuation?
Be that as it may, this is a great movie. As I watched and saw the cover I remembered a bit of a story behind the making of the film. That is real ice and Lillian Gish is really freezing and in danger in the footage...something few actress' would allow these days.
There was some humourous aspects plopped into the movie that were almost silly and seemingly out of place...and in a way detracted from the overal quality of the production. I gather that Humour was thought of in one ways at the time and this appears to be Griffiths weakness. He's good at getting the best an actor and story can give, but his handling of humour is primitive so the two don't jibe too well. But I guess one could just atribute it to the time period and how humour was used at the time. Still the humour bits do do what they intend...to lighten up the mood...so give him that.
And there is an extraordinary bit of footage of Lillian and her eyes that is incredible... yet impossible to describe; but Griffith captured an amazing aspect of Lillian in one clip that has her eyes the most beautiful a girls eyes could possible ever look. An incredible peice of lighting and footage. I've never seen a girls eyes look quite this fabulous in any other movie I've seen. I don't know what he did or got her to do, but it's an incredible aspect of this movie that is possibly unique.