This was re-released in 1939 with a new introduction by Mitchell Leichter commenting upon America's involvement in the then imminent forthcoming World War; it was edited down to just a little more than half of its original length, eliminating most of the silent sequences that involved dialogue, and thereby the need for inter-titles, but also most of the original story structure, so that what's left is more or less incomprehensible. The only real dialogue that's heard is in and around a couple songs by Alma Rubens. Sadly, this is the only version that seems to have survived today, at least within the reaches of public availability. See more »
The problem with this film is that it has been so heavily chopped down from its original length, it is difficult to make sense of the story. I watched (and bought) the film to see Alma Rubens. Although Rubens' appearance clearly suffers from the ravages of her years as a heroin addict, she has one substantive scene (where she pretends to be the mother of a dying soldier) that is overwhelmingly moving and proves that she was a powerful actress. Also interesting is a scene in the beginning of the film where Rubens plays a ukulele's and sings. For some reason, Rubens fascinates me, and if there are other die hard silent movie fans similarly smitten, they will find viewing this film an interesting experience.
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