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William V. Ranous
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25 October 1909 (USA)  »

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Unlike Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha, the film ends with the marriage of Minnehaha to Hiawatha. In the poem, Minnehaha instead dies during the winter famine. See more »

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Something worth while has been added to the motion picture world
11 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

If the Imp films are all as good as the first one released, a pictorial rendition of Longfellow's great poem, something worth while has been added to the beauty and attractiveness of the motion picture world, something which could not now be discontinued without leaving a sense of loss that would be difficult to replace. This picture was made at the Falls of Minnehaha, in the land of the Dakotahs, and represents some unusually attractive pictorial worth. The actors who did the posing clearly reproduced the scenes so graphically described in the poem, and interpreted the spirit of the lines in a manner which leaves comparatively little to be desired. The achievement is all the more striking when it is remembered what a difficult piece of work it must be to reproduce a poem like this, so subtle in its meaning, and so full of psychological suggestions. Yet the "Imp" players have accomplished this, and probably every person who has seen the new film has left the theater with a new sense of appreciation of the marvels and beauties of the motion picture in interpreting even the masterpieces of poetry and fiction. - The Moving Picture World, November 6, 1909


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