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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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RESURRECTION {Short} (D.W. Griffith, 1909) **
14 March 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Having just watched Rouben Mamoulian's WE LIVE AGAIN (1934), I decided to complement it by checking out this first film adaptation – which is readily accessible on the 'Net – of the Leo Tolstoy classic. Being just 12 minutes long and 105 years old, one is hardly surprised by the utmost streamlining involved: with only one intertitle along the way, there is no scene-setting (apart from the uniforms and conspicuous beards, it would be hard to place this in Russia!), the plot is rendered even more clichéd than in the later film (the meeting between the two protagonists is quickly followed by seduction, downfall, trial and redemption), and characterization is typically resolved via exaggerated hand gestures (with the guilt-ridden hero prone to shielding his eyes)! Griffith tries to alleviate the static nature of the cinematography by filling the background with movement…yet the final moments in Siberia (which differs from the later version, but I suspect is actually closer to the original source – with the Prince illustrating his altruism merely by donating a Bible to the female protagonist, who promptly changes her 'wicked' ways!) do offer some mild pictorial qualities.


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