A young girl who lives by the sea with her parents, is the object of one fellows affection. One day she meets a wily artist painting on the beach, he seduces the young girl and gives her a ... See full summary »

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A young girl who lives by the sea with her parents, is the object of one fellows affection. One day she meets a wily artist painting on the beach, he seduces the young girl and gives her a ring, with the promise of marriage. When the young admiring fellow comes to propose, she proudly announces her engagement to the artist. Shocked he leaves and her parents demand meeting her husband to be. She goes to bring him home, and finds he already has a sophisticated fiancée. Distraught she hurries home, and when her father realizes what she has done, he orders her out of the house. As she wanders despondent along the sea, the young fellow who has found out about her betrayal,immediately goes to see her. Finding she has been disowned by her father, he goes looking for her and sees her body floating in the sea. He now carries her lifeless body back onto the shore, to her heartbroken parents. Written by Pamela Short

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Mae Marsh won the starring role after Mary Pickford and Blanche Sweet refused to appear bare-footed before the camera. See more »

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The Poetry of the Sea
15 January 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The opening title tells us that this film is inspired by Kingsley's poem, but even more than that, Griffith loved to shoot the sea and the shore. To him the restless motion told of unending, strong emotion, and he uses it that effect here, as Miss Marsh is enamored of an artist who throws her over when his society lady shows up. She refuses to accept Bobby Harron as a substitute and drowns herself in the sea.

Griffith used to complain of the studio-bound productions that arose in the late 'Teens and Twenties that "We have lost the wind in the trees." Looking at this poorly known work, the viewer can grasp what he meant: not the pathetic fallacy of storm during emotional upheaval, but the constant movement that betokens the movements of the soul.

There is also the wonderful way in which the actors manage to tell the story with no titles for speech. Words are not necessary to express emotion; indeed, to the skilled pantomimists that Griffith trained himself, they would simply get in the way.


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