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The Mothering Heart (1913)

 -  Short | Drama  -  21 June 1913 (USA)
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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with ... See full summary »

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Walter Miller ...
Joe - the Young Husband
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The Young Wife
Kate Bruce ...
Young Wife's Mother
Viola Barry ...
The 'Idle Woman' / Outside Club
Charles West ...
The 'New Light' / Among Waiters
Adolph Lestina ...
The Doctor / Club Patron
Jennie Lee ...
The Wash Customer
Charles Murray ...
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Gertrude Bambrick ...
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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife... Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Haunting and beautiful
11 October 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Mothering Heart stays with you long after you watch it. Not only

does it represent a turning point in the career of Lillian Gish, it

showcases Lillian and her support in outstanding performances.

As the little mother, Lillian is haunting. Her scene in the garden

doesn't strike one false note. Her scenes in Birth of a Nation, Way

Down East and The Wind come to mind when you see her stagger

towards the camera, distraught yet blank-faced. Walter Miller

shows off the qualities that Griffith liked in his leading men:

meekness, timidity, vulnerability. His performance anticipates

Bobby Harron's work on the modern story in Intolerance. Viola

Barry is delicious as the Idle Woman. The use of cross-cutting,

framing, set design, costuming, lighting and brisk pacing add up

to a fascinating, eerie film, possibly the best Biograph short Griffith

ever made.


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