WAY DOWN EAST 1920 1930 Re-release with Orchestral Score
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Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess and Lowell Sherman. Directed by D.W. Griffith. Young Anna Moore (Gish) is tricked into a mock marriage by the evil Lennox Sanderson (Sherman) who only tells Anna of his deception after she discovers she is pregnant with his child. The baby dies shortly after its birth and Anna, to hide her shame, travels to a distant town and begins working for Squire Bartlett and his family. She soon becomes a beloved member of the household. When her disgrace is discovered, however, she is ejected from the Squire's house to face certain death in a raging snowstorm and the icy waters of the river! One of Griffith's greatest features, WAY DOWN EAST is still a powerful, moving film. Running 106 minutes, this is the original 1931 re-release with orchestral score.
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Having said that, this is still a worthwhile purchase for people that like silent film. D.W. Griffith's direction is excellent, as are the performances, especially Lillian Gish. The Adult themes of this film strike me as unusually daring for a film of this vintage, considering the censorship imposed on films in the mid 1930's and beyond. This is still a very relevant film.
Again, my only caveat with this version, is that I feel it could have been transferred as a less expensive DVD with little or no loss of video detail, considering the condition of the print. Unlike "The General" with Buster Keaton, that had a very good print that transferred very well to Blu-Ray.
You have got to see the ending ,NO SOUND STAGE ,ITS AMAZING ! I guess it was filmed in upstate New York in winter . I understand it was Lillians idea to have her hand and hair trailing off into the WATER . THE STORY WAS OLD WHEN SHE DID THE MOVIE AND I UNDERSTAND SHE DIDNT WANT TO DO IT !But its worth seeing at least once ! If You enjoy pre sould trac films YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS ONE .But I liked (BROKE BLOSSEMS )1918 & (THE WIND )1928 . Better !