A Flash of Light (1910)
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Although the wife is the villain of the piece -- terrible woman going onto the stage! -- Griffith raises some interesting and telling questions about then-current attitudes towards divorce. Given the difference in the couple's characters when they marry, should she stay with him after his blindness? Yes, the acting is noticeably below the standards of Griffith's usual leads, but the story is worth telling and the question is worth asking. Have we answered it any better a century later?
*** (out of 4)
Pleasant melodrama from Griffith about a young chemist (Charles West) who has an experiment blow up in his face, which leaves him blind. His new wife doesn't like being burdened with him so she runs off and leaves her younger sister to take care of him. This isn't the best Griffith short out there but he manages to tell the story in a way that will keep you entertained even if that story is rather silly and far fetched. The biggest problem are all the plot twists that has the younger sister taking over the role of the older one and how the husband, even blind, would fall for this doesn't really work nor does the ending and the twist that happens here. Griffith, as usual, knows how to pour the drama on thick and for the most part he does a nice job keeping everything under control and his points about marriage are easy to spot and he doesn't spend too much time preaching here. What does hurt the movie are the leads who aren't the best people Griffith had available and there's even more proof as Mack Sennett, Mary Pickford, Dorothy West and Blanche Sweet also have minor roles here.