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D.W. Griffith's penchant for Victorian melodrama reached its height of expression in WAY DOWN EAST. First performed in 1898, Lottie Blair Parker's play was one of the most successful stageworks ever written, a theatrical chestnut, heavy with sentiment, that cried out for the touch of the master. Griffith captured the appeal of Parker's original, while embossing it with devices borrowed from other popular melodramas, such as the climactic chase across an ice floe (inspired by stage adaptations of Uncle Tom's Cabin). Lillian Gish stars as a small-town girl who is seduced, impregnated, and cast aside by Lennox Sanderson, a wealthy playboy (Lowell Sherman). To escape the shame of having a fatherless child, Anna changes her name and starts a new life in a small farming community, where she meets David, an icon of male virtue and decency (Richard Barthelmess). Their delicate happiness is threatened when Lennox arrives in town, and word of Anna's unsavory past begins to spread. FROM A NEW HD MASTER, FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY!
Excerpts from Lottie Blair Parker's original play, Photos of William Brady's 1903 stage version, Film Clip: The ice floe sequence of the Edison Studio's production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Image gallery, including the original souvenir program book, Notes on the preparation of the music score.
KINO is the masters that bring cinema to Blu-ray and DVD. There line of silent films on blu-ray and DVD are amazing and utterly flooring at the art form and craftmanship they put... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Movie/Book Nerd
I would only recommend this movie to die hard film buffs who love silent movies. It is very old and dated but does have a famous scene on an ice flow. Look this up on youtube. Read morePublished 20 months ago by carl jones
Being a huge fan of Lillian Gish, I have to give this movie 5 stars. Lillian Gish was such a wonderful actress, as were most of the other actors and actresses from this time. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MJ Smith70
I saw this movie years ago, and am now very happy to own a copy. To any cinema buff, like me, this DW Griffith movie is a must for any good movie collector, as well as Intolerance... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by luiggi
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. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Rick M. Pilotte
I do like older films but this one just did not seem to have the script and acting I would expect for the time period when the film was produced.Published on February 26, 2013 by Leod Mann
After reading many positive reviews of this Blu-ray version of "Way Down East" on the Internet, I was expecting better than this. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by D. Solomon
"Way Down East", was quite a hit when it debuted in 1920.
Ninety years is a tad long of a wait for a review. Read more
i love silent movies,i love lilian Gish,i loved this film,Griffith's master piece,iwould have given it 5 or 7 stars BUT.... Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Tarek Sharara