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The Slave (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  29 July 1909 (USA)
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A Greek woman marries a struggling sculptor. When he can't support her and their baby, she offers to sell herself as a slave to allow them to buy food.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Nerada
Harry Solter ...
Deletrius
James Kirkwood ...
Alachus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
A Woman in Black
William J. Butler ...
A Patrician
Gladys Egan
Arthur V. Johnson ...
A Greek
Owen Moore ...
A Greek
Alfred Paget ...
A Barbarian
Lottie Pickford ...
A Dancer
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A Young Girl at Court
Frank Powell ...
An Old Man
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A Barbarian
George Siegmann ...
A Soldier
Marion Sunshine
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A Greek woman marries a struggling sculptor. When he can't support her and their baby, she offers to sell herself as a slave to allow them to buy food.

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A Moving Painting
4 November 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

What you have to understand about these short films that the 34 year old D.W. Griffith was churning out twice-weekly is that his emphasis was on scenery rather than story. Let's face it, scripts before 1940 were basically stage plays, and before the talking period, scenarios were robbed of dialogue which meant that actors had to improvise under the guidance of the director. You cannot judge this short piece by the script or story, but by what the camera frames. Let's not forget that cinema at this stage was just a moving painting. Griffith was a cinematic Hogarth at this stage and used his short films as a painting. Therefore, you need to watch this offering as a painting that moves.


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