Samuel Herman, a composer, in seeking recognition for fame and fortune, goes to Paris and takes a position in a small music hall, playing there at night and writing music during the day. ... See full summary »

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Samuel Herman, a composer, in seeking recognition for fame and fortune, goes to Paris and takes a position in a small music hall, playing there at night and writing music during the day. His compositions do not find a market and disappointed and disheartened, he sends them to his wife and daughters in America, to be disposed of by them if possible. He loses his memory through an attack of aphasia. His wife and daughters dispose of his compositions for $100,000. They send word to their father to the address which he had given them, but no one knows what has become of him and so the letter is returned unclaimed with a report that the professor is dead. Two years afterwards Herman's memory returns when he hears his music played upon the street and he determines, after he has fully recovered, to return to America. He goes to his old home and is told by the janitor that his family has moved away when they become rich. He makes his way to the opera house where one of his operas is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 May 1912 (USA)  »

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Failure and Success
15 October 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charles Kent has been eking out a living in Europe while trying to succeed as a composer. Worn down with age and failure, he returns to his family in America to find their apartment empty in this Vitagraph short subject.

Writer/director/star Kent created an interesting movie. The lighting and his slow, weary playing of the role is as fine a bit of use of the medium for psychological exposition as any in the era. As is usual for Vitagraph productions in this era, the enormous acting company of the studio is on display in lesser roles, including such well known players as Norma Talmadge and Wallace Reid. This adds the fun of "spot the star" to an interesting movie.

The copy that has been posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube is handsomely tinted, although the low light levels of the print may make it a bit difficult to work out what is happening at important moments.


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