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Arthur V. Johnson,
During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. Their mother, not wanting the shameful truth to become known, closes all the shutters (hence the film's title) and keeps her son's presence a secret for many years, though two boyhood chums stumble upon the truth... Written by
Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)
The plot for "The House With Closed Shutters" has a pretty weird plot. It is set in the South during the Civil War--a topic near and dear to the director's (D.W. Griffith) heart. When the war begins, a young rich guy (Henry B. Walthall) goes off to war--which appears to be just a block from his house (though I am pretty sure Griffith expected the audience to assume otherwise). When he's given an important dispatch to deliver and Union troops shoot at him, he chickens out and runs home! His sister learns what he's done and she dons his uniform and delivers the message--and is soon killed in battle. This is odd but interesting (apart from Walthall's overacting). But when his mother then insists they must shutter up the house forever and live like Miss Havisham, this is pretty weird. Years pass and Walthall is dying to see the sunlight once again. When he throws open the shutters, he does anyone would do in this situation--he instantly dies! As I said, very weird and unfortunately the strangeness is ridiculousness of the plot prevent this from receiving a higher score--even though the film is technically quite impressive for 1910 and appears to be a warm-up for Griffith's later epic "A Birth of a Nation".
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