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Resurrection (1909)

Free adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's powerful novel. The subject opens with the return home of Prince Dimitri, who meets the maid Katusha, a little peasant girl, and is instantly charmed with ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Leo Tolstoy (novel), Frank E. Woods
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Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ... Prince Dmitri
Florence Lawrence ... Katucha
Marion Leonard ... A Prisoner
Owen Moore ... At Court / At Prison
Mack Sennett ... At Court / A Guard / At Inn
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... At Prison
Charles Avery ... At Court / At Prison
John R. Cumpson ... At Inn / Servant
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Servant / Noblewoman
David Miles ... At Court / At Prison
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... At Inn
Herbert Prior ... At Inn / Servant
George Siegmann ... Servant (unconfirmed)
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Free adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's powerful novel. The subject opens with the return home of Prince Dimitri, who meets the maid Katusha, a little peasant girl, and is instantly charmed with her beauty. Young, artless and innocent, as pretty as a rose, she unwittingly fascinates the prince. His noble bearing likewise impresses her, and his little attentions flatter her, until at length she is unable to resist his advances. The poor girl is meted the usual fate. An alliance is out of the question. The disparity of their ranks even forbids it, and soon the prince must cast her aside. Five years later we find that the girl, who is now a loathsome sight, has learned the bitter lesson of the eternal truth, "The wages of sin is death." It is death to the soul at all events. She has gone down to the lowest depths and is arrested in a low Russian tavern. As she is carried to the tribunal she passes Prince Dimitri, who now sees the terrible result of his sins. He grows repentant and attempts to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1909 (USA) See more »

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Воскресение See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Version of Duniya Kya Hai (1938) See more »

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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Resurrection (1909)

** (out of 4)

A Russian nobleman seduced and abandoned a young girl several years ago. Years later he finds himself on a jury where the girl is on trial and soon he finds himself feeling guilty. Bashing the rich, sympathy towards the poor and relgion are all on display in this Griffith short but nothing much comes out of it. The staging it a bit poor, the direction is off but the two leads deliver nice performances.

Cricket on the Hearth, The (1909)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

After three years out at sea, a man returns home to find his love has been forced into marriage with another man. Even at 11-minutes this sucker here is pretty boring, without any life what's so ever. The direction from Griffith is quite lazy but considering he made over one hundred films this year alone...I'll cut him some slack.


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