Screening on Film
The Lonely VillaDirected by D.W. Griffith.
With David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford.
US, 1909, 16mm, black & white, silent, 8 min.
A mother and her hysterical daughters are under siege by nasty burglars. Will her husband get home in time to save them? This classic example of Griffith’s crosscutting technique stars a teenage Mary Pickford.
The Painted LadyDirected by D.W. Griffith.
With Blanche Sweet, Madge Kirby, Charles Hill Mailes.
US, 1912, 16mm, black & white, silent, 12 min.
Blanche Sweet stars as the shy, unpopular daughter of a wealthy man who draws the attention of a man only interested in her father’s fortunes. Sweet emerged as one of Griffith’s more endearing leading ladies in this short.
A Corner In WheatDirected by D.W. Griffith.
With Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood.
US, 1909, 16mm, black & white, silent, 14 min.
An early example of Griffith’s social problem films, A Corner in Wheat tells the story of a tycoon who corners the market on wheat, destroying the lives of many grain farmers. The wheat suffocating scene is another classic example of Griffith’s crosscutting.
One of the finest of Griffith’s later films and a phenomenal commercial success, Way Down East is a classic Victorian melodrama vividly adapted to the screen. The story takes place in New England and revolves around a naive young woman (Gish) who is seduced and abandoned by a city slicker (Sherman). Legendary as much for its expense as for its action, the film builds up to a famous climax with Gish drifting away on the ice floes.