Beyond the ordinary in the production of emotional pictures
A new film by a new house, but acted by a few old favorites. Here the human passions are laid bare and the human heart is almost seen pulsating with these emotions. The dramatic power of the picture is intense, at times too intense, perhaps, to be thoroughly appreciated. It is difficult to follow these sustained emotions and correctly interpret them as one proceeds. It is difficult to read aright the impulses which actuate those who are interested in a scene of this type, where there is a clash among the rivals for the favor of the courtesan. Then comes the scene where the woman would like to accept the offer of marriage from the man who has taken her from her former life and made something of her; but it cannot be, and to get him out of the way she sends him for the minister. And as soon as he is gone kills herself. The scene which follows when he returns with the minister cannot be described. The tableau presented is so tense and it causes one to thrill with such strong emotions that it can scarcely be watched as long as it is on the screen. The whole picture is of this same emotional type and can scarcely be comprehended when seen but once. It is a drama which at once places the firm which produced it and its excellent company of players as beyond the ordinary in the production of emotional pictures. The next release will be awaited with great interest because there is always a feeling that the first hardly represents the best the company can do, or the best the mechanical department can do; therefore, the films to come from this house will be awaited with more than the usual degree of interest. - The Moving Picture World, November 5, 1910
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