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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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Joe - the Young Husband
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The Young Wife
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Young Wife's Mother
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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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Effective Drama With Lillian Gish & More
27 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Lillian Gish excels in one of her earlier starring roles, and the other characters and the story also help to make "The Mothering Heart" an effective drama that still holds up pretty well. Although some of the details are set in its own era, the general subject matter and the basic themes have not lost any of their force.

Gish plays a young wife whose troubled, erratic husband causes her a series of heartaches. Her characterization works very well, making the wife thoroughly sympathetic yet always believable. She shows restraint much of the time, while also giving indication of the emotions underneath, so that then the moments of emotional release are that much more effective and memorable.

Kate Bruce, as the young wife's mother, and Peggy Pearce (Viola Barry), as the wife's rival, also add their talents to the story. D.W. Griffith's technique is resourceful and solid, getting the most out of the setup.

Besides the good quality of the acting and the technique, the story also still works. Just substitute a few different details, and it provides a couple of thoughtful and sensitive insights on finding happiness at home.


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