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A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit. Written by
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One of the first films that Griffith used the technique of parallel editing on (a technique he pioneered). It was used to create the effects in the wheat suffocating scene. See more »
When the Wheat King reads the letter regarding his increase in wealth, he is wearing gloves. After he falls into the wheat pit, there is an un-gloved hand reaching for the heavens; however, when they pull him out, he is once again wearing gloves. See more »
After offering some unsubtle social criticism (the poor's inability to buy bread contrasted with a wealthy wheat speculator's fancy dinner party, etc.), director D. W. Griffith kills off his villain by accidentally burying him in a grain elevator. Perhaps if Griffith had made a film called "Corner in Meat," the evil rich guy would be ground up in a sausage factory. However satisfying it may seem, offing the rich in freak accidents is hardly a serious response to a society's gross inequality -- and this kind of shallow evasion kills the film as well.
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