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8 March 1914 (USA) See more »
A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Blanche Sweet ... Judith

Henry B. Walthall ... Holofernes

Mae Marsh ... Naomi

Robert Harron ... Nathan

Lillian Gish ... The Young Mother

Dorothy Gish ... The crippled beggar
Kate Bruce ... Judith's maid
J. Jiquel Lanoe ... Eunuch Attendant

Harry Carey ... Assyrian Traitor
W. Chrystie Miller ... Bethulian
Gertrude Robinson
Charles Hill Mailes ... Bethulian Soldier
Edward Dillon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Bambrick ... Lead Assyrian Dancer

Lionel Barrymore ... Extra
Clara T. Bracy ... Bethulian
Kathleen Butler ... Bethulian
William J. Butler ... Bethulian
Christy Cabanne
William A. Carroll ... Assyrian Soldier (as William Carroll)
Frank Evans ... Bethulian Soldier
Mary Gish
Harry Hyde ... Bethulian Soldier / Assyrian Soldier
Thomas Jefferson
Jennie Lee ... Bethulian
Adolph Lestina ... Bethulian

Elmo Lincoln

Antonio Moreno ... Extra
Marshall Neilan
Frank Opperman ... Bethulian
Alfred Paget ... Bethulian / Assyrian Soldier
W.C. Robinson ... Bethulian Soldier
Kate Toncray ... One of Judith's Servants

Louise Emmons ... Bethulian Begging for Food (uncredited)

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Bailey Aldrich  poem (play)
D.W. Griffith 
Grace Pierce 
Frank E. Woods 

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 
Film Editing by
James Smith 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christy Cabanne .... assistant director
Other crew
Gertrude Bambrick .... choreographer
Frank E. Woods .... title designer
W.G. Smart .... technical director (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Her Condoned Sin" - International (English title) (reissue title), USA (reissue title)
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USA:61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Shot in 1913, not released until 1914.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Judith goes out into the city and begins to bless the young mother's baby, an extra enters the shot in the left foreground, blocking the action. She or he quickly retreats back out of view, as someone obviously yelled out.See more »
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JUDITH OF BETHULIA (D. W. Griffith, 1914) **1/2, 2 April 2009
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This was something of a milestone – denoting a leap for pioneer D.W. Griffith from his customary one or two-reelers to a then considerable length of 49 minutes in this version (its length may vary on account of differing speeds utilized during projection of Silent movies) as well as from a modern-day, or at least American, setting towards apparently unlimited scope. In that regard alone, JUDITH OF BETHULIA is worthy of attention – but Griffith's Victorian sensibilities (which he could never, or would not, shake off) still ground it into the antediluvian quality of film-making which is perhaps the most common objection raised by certain viewers nowadays to watching Silent pictures! Anyway, this was obviously inspired by the Old Testament tale in which a saintly woman sacrifices her dignity in order to release the Jewish people (depicted as long-bearded stereotypes which would not go down well today!) from oppression by the Assyrian army: she ingratiates herself within the affections of King Holofernes, whom she gets drunk one night and decapitates – after which the invaders disperse. Apart from a lengthy offensive outside the city walls, the running-time is padded-out with the plight of a young couple (the boy is a brave warrior and the girl eventually enslaved inside the enemy camp) and, also appearing from time to time, is Lillian Gish in a typical role symbolizing motherhood. Unfortunately, the print I acquired of this 95-year old title was extremely fuzzy – rendering the elaborate and often chaotic visuals even harder to make out – and it was accompanied besides by one of the most incongruous scores I have ever heard, approximating to a circus jingle (complete with laugh track!) which one finds at its most jubilant when the on-screen events seem to demand emotions of an entirely different nature!!

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