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In the Window Recess (1909)

An escaped convict takes refuge in the home of a police officer out on duty. He seizes the officer's daughter and pulls her into a window recess, with a pistol to her head. The officer ... See full summary »

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An escaped convict takes refuge in the home of a police officer out on duty. He seizes the officer's daughter and pulls her into a window recess, with a pistol to her head. The officer returns and discovers the convict's hat. He suspect his wife is concealing an affair and she must avoid revealing the convict's presence for the sake of their daughter. Written by Anonymous

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29 November 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Trick That Failed (1909). See more »

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The Trouble with Griffith
10 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The problem with these short films is that the 34 year old D.W. Griffith does not give his actors an opportunity to construct a biography for his characters and breathe life into them. They don't have the luxury of preparing in advance for a day's work, and so the end result is a cacophony of moving images. There's nothing for the actor to start with, and no matter what the title of the film is, they are all about Griffith rather than the story. If you are going to write a screenplay for a short film, then you need to build in a biography of the characters for the actors to work from. Without it, you end up with a piece that has no universal appeal and sacrifices emotional involvement.


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