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The Better Way (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  12 August 1909 (USA)
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Parker is wooed by young Oliver Sylvester, who is loved by her in return. Her all-absorbing dream is of the day when she will become the happy bride of Oliver. Fortune, however, is unkind ... See full summary »

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Parker is wooed by young Oliver Sylvester, who is loved by her in return. Her all-absorbing dream is of the day when she will become the happy bride of Oliver. Fortune, however, is unkind to her family and dire straits force her to harken to the proposal of Old Squire Calvin Cartwright, an honest tender-natured farmer of considerable means. Marriage with the Squire would assure Elizabeth of her widowed mother's comfort, hence she consents and is married. Oliver does not seem to realize the truth of the conditions and persistently seeks the poor girl, with a view of alluring her from her aged husband. What a terrible position for the girl, who really loves the fellow and so has not the power to repulse him firmly, her romantic dreams rising, almost taunting, in her mind. While Oliver is pleading earnestly, the Squire enters and fully appreciating her plight, makes the sacrifice, bidding her go with her heart's desire, as he feels he is too old to make her happy and forget. Elizabeth is... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Detached from its audience
7 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This eleven minute offering was successful in detaching itself from its audience. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith just does not have the ability to allow viewers to invest their interests in the protagonists. You don't feel any concern for the characters whatsoever, primarily on the basis of the fact that they are an extension of his own personality rather than discovering their soul through performance. The actors certainly don't have a voice in this piece, and I felt cheated that there wasn't a story to tell. The camera tends to be too passive in its observations of events. It doesn't intrude or trespass in order to engage the audience. Not my cup of tea at all.


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