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June 1918 (UK) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Adolph Lestina ... The Grandfather
Josephine Crowell ... The Mother

Lillian Gish ... The Girl - Marie Stephenson

Robert Harron ... The Boy - Douglas Gordon Hamilton
Jack Cosgrave ... The Father of the Boy
Kate Bruce ... The Mother of the Boy

Ben Alexander ... The Boy's Littlest Brother
Marion Emmons ... The Boy's Other Brother (as M. Emmons)
Francis Marion ... The Boy's Other Brother (as F. Marion)

Dorothy Gish ... The Little Disturber
Robert Anderson ... Monsieur Cuckoo
George Fawcett ... The Village Carpenter
George Siegmann ... Von Strohm
Fay Holderness ... The Innkeeper
L. Lowry ... A Deaf and Blind Musician
Eugene Pouyet ... A Poilu
Anna Mae Walthall ... A French Peasant Girl
Yvette Duvoisin ... A Refugee (as Yvette Duvoison of the Comédie Française)
Herbert Sutch ... A French Major
George Nichols ... A German Sergeant
Mary Gish ... A Refugee Mother (as Mrs. Mary Gish)
Mary Hay ... A Dancer

Erich von Stroheim ... A Hun

Noel Coward ... The Man with the Wheelbarrow / A Villager in the Streets
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bettie Mae Clarke ... Nursing Infant
Mae Clarke ... Nursing Mother
Elizabeth Asquith ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alphonse Dufort ... A Poilu (uncredited)
Jean Dumercier ... A Poilu (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... (uncredited)
Valerie Germonprez ... Red Cross nurse (uncredited)
Edward Grey ... Himself - British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Addressing House of Commons (archive footage) (uncredited)

D.W. Griffith ... Himself (in prologue for British release) (uncredited)
John Harron ... A Boy with a Barrel (uncredited)
Mary Harron ... A Wounded Girl (uncredited)
Mrs. Harron ... A Woman with Daughter (uncredited)
Tessie Harron ... A Refugee (uncredited)
Lady Lavery ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jules Lemontier ... A Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
David Lloyd George ... Himself - the British Prime Minister (in prologue for British release) (uncredited)
Georges Loyer ... A Poilu (uncredited)
Diana Manners ... Nurse (uncredited)
Gaston Riviere ... A Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
Bettina Stuart-Wortley ... Nurse (uncredited)
René Viviani ... Himself - the French Premier Addressing French Chamber of Deputies (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
D.W. Griffith (under the personal direction of)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
D.W. Griffith  English translation (as Capt. Victor Marier)
D.W. Griffith  scenario (as M. Gaston de Tolignac)

Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer (uncredited)
Alfred Machin (uncredited)
Hendrik Sartov (uncredited)
Film Editing by
James Smith (uncredited)
Rose Smith (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wortman .... set designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Brown .... second camera operator (uncredited)
D.P. Cooper .... photographer: Europe (uncredited)
Music Department
Carli Elinor .... music arranger (uncredited)
D.W. Griffith .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Denys Allen Clarke .... production assistant
Donald Clarke .... production assistant
D.W. Griffith .... presenter
Erich von Stroheim .... technical supervisor (uncredited)

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The movie was commissioned by Great Britain, which hoped that a depiction of WWI would help spur the United States to join the allies. Although D.W. Griffith had the cooperation of the British, French and Belgian governments to film in their territories, his cameraman, G.W. Bitzer, was of German descent and was not allowed in France. Griffith used an army cameraman instead.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hearts of the World, 16 November 2008
Author: sppny from United States

I just returned from a screening of Hearts of the World at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This screening showed a restored version of the film with live piano accompaniment by the brilliant pianist, Donald Sosin. The film itself was quite spectacular but it was made even more so by the incredible artistry of Donald Sosin. He played for the entire 2 1/2 hours, without a break, and with just a few notated markings. He presented a very operatic treatment of the story, which suited the plot perfectly. I was fascinated by his ability to improvise many musical themes and leitmotivs-all with such great flare and virtuosity. I must admit that these silent films can have very fragile plots but with the right kind of music accompanying them, they take on real substance and even nuance. MOMA should be congratulated for taking silent films so seriously and making sure that they all receive live musical accompaniment

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