In this film about two women, one supposedly unselfish and the other selfish, Lois Weber shows greater cinematic storytelling technique than some of her earlier films. But, the self-indulgence of the writer is exceeded only by the self-indulgence of the director. Unfortunately, they are the same person: Lois Weber. For a silent screen writer to overdo titles is a common failing. To say one thing in the titles and portray another in the film is a literary crime. A martyr is most certainly selfish, crying out indirectly for all to "pay attention to me." It is, however, a silent director's crime to show ongoing conversations without titles in lieu of acting and other filmic portrayal. Sometimes, the audience's intelligence is insulted by titles explaining the obvious, which flies in the face of Weber's quoted (see Taylorology) respect for that intelligence. But in this film is a well-produced narrative, having something to say about wives unwilling to look beyond themselves and about husbands inattentive enough to not see their wives' needs. This film's comment on both marriage partners' requirements by Weber, an acknowledged silent film moralist, is engaging when one overlooks the contradictory titles and director's unwillingness to cut lip flapping.
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