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Free adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's powerful novel. The subject opens with the return home of Prince Dimitri, who meets the maid Katusha, a little peasant girl, and is instantly charmed with her beauty. Young, artless and innocent, as pretty as a rose, she unwittingly fascinates the prince. His noble bearing likewise impresses her, and his little attentions flatter her, until at length she is unable to resist his advances. The poor girl is meted the usual fate. An alliance is out of the question. The disparity of their ranks even forbids it, and soon the prince must cast her aside. Five years later we find that the girl, who is now a loathsome sight, has learned the bitter lesson of the eternal truth, "The wages of sin is death." It is death to the soul at all events. She has gone down to the lowest depths and is arrested in a low Russian tavern. As she is carried to the tribunal she passes Prince Dimitri, who now sees the terrible result of his sins. He grows repentant and attempts to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The 34 Year Old D.W. Griffith
30 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This 11 minute film was released in May 1909 by Biograph Films. There is some speculation that this film was an adaptation on Leo Tolstoy's melancholy story of a Russian girl's faith, but that hasn't been confirmed. However, the final product did not sway me.


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