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The Love Light (1921)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 January 1921 (USA)
Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor ... See full summary »

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Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor washed ashore. However, the sailor turns out to be a German spy, and she is torn between her love for him and her realization that he is part of the enemy force that has destroyed her family. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Assistant director Nat G. Deverich was almost killed during the scene showing the destruction of a ship at sea, which was filmed off the coast of Monterey, CA, and was not--as was reported in the press at the time--a miniature shot in a tank at the studio. See more »

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Title Card: From vast upheavals born of lust for world dominion, come waves of misery, surging on to buffet helpless lives on distant shores.
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Pickford/Marion Collaboration Misses The Mark
12 August 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film was a rare departure from little-girl roles for Mary Pickford, who almost succeeds in giving a perfectly moving performance. The script, by Frances Marion, throws Pickford's Angela so many curves that it becomes tiring watching her sometimes-hammy reactions. Marion was Pickford's best friend, and she hand a hand in as many as seventeen of America's Sweetheart's movies. One can hope these were more successful.

Marion, director as well as writer, crammed so many melodramatic topics into The Love Light that one feels as if she thought she'd never work on a film again. Spies, unrequited love, blindness, war, betrayal, death, theft, natural disasters, insanity, and a lynch mob on top of everything else. These are enough concepts to deal with comfortably in at least two movies, but they are all unhappily jammed into about 90 minutes.

Marion's husband Fred Thomson is easy on the eyes and natural on camera as the American that Italian Angela takes into her home. The other players are mostly standard overactors, with the possible exception of Edward Philips as Angela's charming younger brother Mario.

Another thing to beware: the all-too-modern score recently imposed upon it by Maria Newman. At times it seems as if she hadn't even seen the movie.

There are some good moments ("Stewed Chicken", for instance), but overall it's only for fans of the star and writer/director.


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