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The Black Hand (1906)

Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is ... See full summary »

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Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is unable to meet their demands. The gang then kidnaps his daughter, leading to a series of tense and dangerous confrontations. Written by Snow Leopard

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butcher | kidnapping | extortion | See All (3) »

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29 March 1906 (USA)  »

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A Mão Negra  »

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Above Average For Its Time & Genre
15 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The story-telling and photography in this short crime feature are both pretty good, and the story is interesting enough to be worth seeing. The story is relatively involved for a one-reeler, but it is told with clarity and with decent pacing. There's really only one sequence when some of the action is unclear for a short stretch, and the rest of the time it holds your attention pretty easily.

The story, which is said to have been based on factual events, starts with a gang writing a threatening letter to a butcher, and it sets up a series of crises and confrontations that are handled rather well in general. The settings and situations are more of a presence than are the characters themselves, but there are a couple of times when a small creative touch makes the characters more alive. The story is also enhanced by some outdoor scenes that are filmed pretty well.

Overall, the technique is good enough, and the story just interesting enough, to make this somewhat above average for its time and genre.


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