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Fools of Fate (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  7 October 1909 (USA)
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On a lake in the woods, a man's boat suddenly capsizes. He nearly drowns, but another man camping nearby sees him and rescues him. After they part, the rescuer meets the first man's wife ... See full summary »

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James Kirkwood ...
Ben Webster
Marion Leonard ...
Fanny Webster
Frank Powell ...
Ed Hilton
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On a lake in the woods, a man's boat suddenly capsizes. He nearly drowns, but another man camping nearby sees him and rescues him. After they part, the rescuer meets the first man's wife and, not knowing who she is, he befriends her and begins to spend time with her. It is not long before a tense and very uncomfortable situation develops. Written by Snow Leopard

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Works Rather Well
22 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short D.W. Griffith feature works well enough, both in its story-telling and its content. It's the kind of story that often brought out the best in Griffith, and here the technique is good enough to make the points clearly even though most of the titles seem to be missing (since there are gaps in the print that are clearly so marked).

The story concerns a romantic triangle with some unusual aspects. It's the kind of story that typifies, at least in a basic way, the kind of material that Griffith was best at - a story that brings out the inevitability of human weakness and sadness. He usually had a good touch with that kind of material (as opposed to his more heavy-handed efforts at politics and the like), and he allows you to see into all three of the characters, as simple as they are.

Though neither the story nor the characters are especially interesting in themselves, there's enough to it to make it a little better than average among the short dramas of its era.


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