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For Love of Gold (1908)

It is often said there is honor among thieves, but not so, as we shall see in this story. Two denizens of the underworld are seen in their squalid furnished room planning a robbery. Their ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

D.W. Griffith, Jack London (story "Just Meat")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Thief / Butler
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Thief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman
Charles Inslee
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It is often said there is honor among thieves, but not so, as we shall see in this story. Two denizens of the underworld are seen in their squalid furnished room planning a robbery. Their intended victim is known to hold at all times in his safe at home a large sum of money and a wealth of jewels. Gathering together the tools of their nefarious calling, they start off, arriving at the house shortly after the master had retired for the night. Entrance is easily and noiselessly effected. A chloroform-soaked handkerchief soon puts the master beyond the power of interfering and the safe is broken open. The sight that greets them almost makes them gasp. There in this strong box is not only an enormous sum of money, but many valuable jewels as well, prominent among which is a handsome diamond necklace. All this is put into a cloth, and a hurried egress made. Back to their room they go to divide the spoils of their night's haul. The diamond necklace being an indivisible article, a contention... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor ao Ouro See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Linda Arvidson reported in her memoirs that this film constituted the first time that her husband, D.W. Griffith used close-up shots. He did it to better portray what his characters, the two thieves, were thinking. See more »

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D.W. Griffith and Crosscutting
19 November 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 33 year old Griffith used crosscut close-ups and full shots of two characters in this film. You may not enjoy watching this film but what he was actually doing was developing a cinematic language of narrative: how do you use the camera to tell a story? If you want to be a cameraman, learn from Griffith.


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