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The effect upon an audience must be beneficial

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
16 January 2015

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Loss of reason has been shown before in motion pictures, but in this one, where it is occasioned by a misapprehension, the restoration becomes the important feature. To re-enact the episode by which, through jealousy, a man lost his reason, as a means of restoration, is a novel climax to an interesting development of a case of hypochondria, merging into insane jealousy and resulting in attempted murder. The scheme is successful and the former victim of melancholia is not only restored mentally, but his physical condition is improved, and he becomes again his original self. The picture contains a good many subtle psychological suggestions, perhaps offering suggestions for the modification, if not the cure, of similar cases. Apparently the motion picture is invading every field of human endeavor and offering suggestions along lines of thought hitherto deemed impossible of illustration. The effect upon an audience of a picture like this must be beneficial, since it sets them thinking, and that, after all, is the main purpose of all educational agencies and influences. - The Moving Picture World, November 20, 1909

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Author: Single-Black-Male from London, England
22 January 2004

Unfortunately, this film did not sway me in the least. The themes and imagery just did not appeal to me at all. He was definitely stretched to churn out two films per week, and the strain shows in this film. It was a dreadful film that was poorly executed.

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