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The Faded Lilies (1909)

A disfigured violinist mistakes a token of appreciation for a love bouquet. When he realizes his mistake, he loses his mind.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Miles ... Francois
James Kirkwood ... The Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Florence Barker
Gladys Egan ... At Party
Marion Leonard
Jeanie Macpherson
Charles Hill Mailes ... Francois' Butler (unconfirmed)
Owen Moore ... At Party
Barry O'Moore ... (as Herbert Yost)
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Butler at Second Party
Lottie Pickford
Mary Pickford ... At Party
Frank Powell ... At Party
Herbert Prior ... At Party
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Francois, a hunchback, high-strung musician, plays at a social gathering, and the fair debutante bestows upon him, in appreciation of his talents, a bouquet of lilies of the valley. This attention is misconstrued by Francois into a token of affection and he cherishes them as such. Upon awakening to the truth the disappointment wrecks his reason, and to help him the doctor persuades the girl to pretend affection, which she does, and consents to wear a ring he gives her. Later, upon finding the ring missing he discovers the deception and slyly changing his medicine for water thwarts the doctor's skill and slowly but stubbornly makes his way towards that "blind cave of eternal night to which we all fly for relief and lay our burdens down." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Consummated People
3 March 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith smooths out the conflict between the urban poor and mainstream society in this short film by airbrushing their rules of engagement. It is out of touch with reality, proving that Griffith was a dreamer and a loner. He's romanticizing the society that he lives in, and placed a strain on his cast and crew by distancing them as a result of his self-advancing agenda. He has his own definition of beauty, and he is using it to construct the identity of the American nation. It is a preliminary sketch of his future epic, 'The Birth of a Nation', foreshadowing the weight of his destiny.


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