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The Better Way (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  12 August 1909 (USA)
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Elizabeth is in love with a young man, but she is pressured by her mother to marry a wealthy but kind older man. After the marriage, her suitor still pursues her. Her husband finds them ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth is in love with a young man, but she is pressured by her mother to marry a wealthy but kind older man. After the marriage, her suitor still pursues her. Her husband finds them together and gives them his blessing. Soon Elizabeth learns her lover is not the man she thought he was and longs for her kindly older husband. Written by Anonymous

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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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