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The Open Gate (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  22 November 1909 (USA)
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Hetty is engaged to George, but after her sister dies she breaks the engagement in order to raise her sister's orphaned daughter. After many years, Hetty's niece has grown up and has fallen... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
George Nichols ...
George
Kate Bruce ...
Hetty
Edith Haldeman ...
Hetty's Niece, Mary, as a Child
Gertrude Robinson ...
Hetty's Niece, Mary, as an Adult
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Arling
Adele DeGarde
Ruth Hart ...
One of Hetty's Relatives
Jeanie Macpherson ...
One of Hetty's Relatives
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George's Nephew, Jack
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Messenger / Gardener
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Hetty's Brother-in-Law
Dorothy West ...
One of Hetty's Relatives
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Hetty is engaged to George, but after her sister dies she breaks the engagement in order to raise her sister's orphaned daughter. After many years, Hetty's niece has grown up and has fallen in love with George's nephew, but they have split up after a quarrel. George, still heartbroken at losing Hetty, helps his nephew make up with Hetty's niece, and in doing so, reconciles with his own long-lost sweetheart. Written by Anonymous

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Recreation of Life
13 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The whole purpose of writing and directing short films like this one is to assimilate experiences of life into an art medium so that it can be recreated in a moving picture form. 'The Open Gate' falls far short of this, mainly because the script did not go through development hell. There is no sense of place in the opening scenes of the one-reeler, forcing the viewer to abandon watching this offering. The characters have no universal accessibility, lacking credibility and believability. It is not a recreation of life but a realization of what takes place in the head of the 34 year old D.W. Griffith. You learn absolutely nothing about yourself or the human condition by watching his films because all he wants to do is to project what is on his mind onto the screen.


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