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At the Altar (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  25 February 1909 (USA)
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At the Italian boarding house the male boarders were all smitten with the charms of Minnie, the landlady's pretty daughter, but she was of a poetic turn of mind and her soul soared above ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ...
David Miles ...
Charles Inslee ...
Barry O'Moore ...
Giuseppe Cassella (as Herbert Yost)
Anita Hendrie ...
Dorothy West ...
Minnie's Friend / Dinner Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Clara T. Bracy
Kate Bruce
John R. Cumpson ...
Dinner Guest
George Gebhardt ...
Dinner Guest
Charles Gorman
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Arthur V. Johnson ...
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At the Italian boarding house the male boarders were all smitten with the charms of Minnie, the landlady's pretty daughter, but she was of a poetic turn of mind and her soul soared above plebeianism and her aspirations were romantic. Most persistent among her suitors was Grigo, a coarse Sicilian, whose advances were odiously repulsive. The arrival at the boarding house from the old country of Giuseppe Cassella, the violinist, filled the void in her yearning heart. Romantic, poetic and a talented musician, Giuseppe was indeed a desirable husband for Minnie. All this, of course, filled Grigo with bitter hatred and he vows vengeance, which you may be sure he will work with extreme subtlety. All preparations are made for the wedding, and when the day arrives Grigo is ready for it. He has contrived an infernal machine with a pistol so arranged that its explosion means death to anyone standing in front of it. The little church is decorated in honor of the affair and Grigo, with subterfuge, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Godlike Objectivity
12 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith used his camera in this short film to impose itself on the characters with a godlike objectivity that is happy to observe but not intervene. This allowed the audience to participate in the story to make it an interesting yarn.


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