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Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience (1909)

Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. Unknown to her, the music has a healing effect on all who hear her as she passes by.

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Our story opens with Pippa awakening in her little room with the morning's light pouring through the window, for the "day's at the morn; morning's at seven; the hillside's dew-pearled; the lark's on the wing; the snail's on the thorn; God's in His heaven. All's right with the world." To-day is a holiday in Asolo, the whir of the spindles of the silk mill is silenced and Pippa, the little silk winder, saunters forth with her lute to brighten life's ordeal with song, little realizing what good she is doing. Her song of peace, "God's in His heaven. All's right with the world!" induces faith, hope and charity, faith in God's justice, hope for our welfare, and charity towards mankind. The workman goes to spend his time and earnings at the tavern, neglecting his despairing wife, with their little child, who grieve at home. In the midst of the roistering, Pippa passes, singing her song of peace. The words sink deep into the heart of the workman, and force him to return to his sorrowing wife,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pippa Passes (1909)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film about a young woman who wakes up one morning singing a song about Jesus and soon realizes that it has the power to save souls and heal the sick. Griffith made countless religious films but this here really isn't one of the better ones. The film has a good, pure message but it's way too over-dramatic and Griffith beats the viewer over the head with his message of faith. For historic purposes, this was the first film to be reviewed by the New York Times.

Available on DVD through Grapevine as part of their D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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