The Eyes of Julia Deep is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film starring Mary Miles Minter, directed by Lloyd Ingraham. The film is based on the short story by the same name, written by ...
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The Eyes of Julia Deep is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film starring Mary Miles Minter, directed by Lloyd Ingraham. The film is based on the short story by the same name, written by Kate L. McLaurin. It is one of the few films starring Minter which are known to have survived.
Don't let the year 1918 fool you into thinking that this is in any way a primitive, unpolished production. Far from it! The tinted photography is absolutely superb. The script, intriguing, charming, amusingly sophisticated, flows along as smooth as silk in the expert hands of director Lloyd Ingraham who not only makes the most of the movie's excellent production values, but has drawn beautifully natural performances from his players. True, Carl Stockdale is inclined to over-act his part as a hick sheriff, but he only figures in the climax and is supposed to be rustically amusing anyway.
Despite its unusual theme, "The Eyes if Julia Deep" maintains a splendid balance between romance, drama and comedy. True, in the hands of less skillful players, the film may not have achieved the same success. But who could resist the appealing presence of Mary Miles Minter, who is so charming, so charismatic, so endearingly natural in her good-heartedness? Allan Forrest also provides just the right presence for the likable wastrel that Julia takes in hand. And as for Eugenie Besserer, how much more attractively does her personality come across here than in her hackneyed role as Jolson's mother in "The Jazz Singer"?
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