Free adaptation of George Eliot's "Silas Marner." This Biograph adaptation makes Master Marner a cobbler instead of a linen weaver, but this change does not weaken, nor make less romantic, ... See full summary »

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Free adaptation of George Eliot's "Silas Marner." This Biograph adaptation makes Master Marner a cobbler instead of a linen weaver, but this change does not weaken, nor make less romantic, the story. Silas is first seen in the act of ministering to his dying friend, and while engaged in this act of mercy. William Dane enters stealthily and steals the dying man's money, leaving Marner's handkerchief alongside the dresser so as to throw the blame on him. The money is discovered missing, and. of course, circumstantial evidence points conclusively to Marner, who protests innocence, and is given a chance of vindicating himself through that old superstitious practice of visiting the church and in presence of the elders in the vestry kneels and prays and draws lots. Fate is against him, and he draws the black card which declares him guilty. This is final, and his friends shun him as they would a leper. He makes good the stolen money out of his own hard-earned savings, and leaves his native ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Poor Man's Director
23 December 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Griffith was paid $45.00 per week to churn out short films like this one. It enabled him to develop the language of cinema, as well as to tell stories to uneducated people in comparison with Cecil B. DeMille's middle class audience. He was also granted a royalty for each film that was sold.


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