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Ramona (1910)

Ramona is a little orphan of the great Spanish household of Moreno. Alessandro, the Indian, arrives at the Camulos ranch with his sheep-shearers, showing his first meeting with Ramona. ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Ramona
Henry B. Walthall ... Alessandro
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... Felipe
Kate Bruce ... The Mother
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Priest
Mack Sennett ... The White Exploiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard
Gertrude Claire ... Woman in West
Robert Harron
Dell Henderson ... Man at Burial
Mae Marsh
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Ranch Hand
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... Ranch Hand
Jack Pickford ... A Boy
Charles West Charles West ... Man in Chapel
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Ramona is a little orphan of the great Spanish household of Moreno. Alessandro, the Indian, arrives at the Camulos ranch with his sheep-shearers, showing his first meeting with Ramona. There is at once a feeling of interest noticeable between them which ripens into love. This Senora Moreno, her foster mother, endeavors to crush, with poor success, until she forces a separation by exiling Alessandro from the ranch. He goes back to his native village to find the white men devastating the place and scattering his people. The Senora, meanwhile, has told Ramona that she herself has Indian blood, which induces her to renounce her present world and go to Alessandro. They are married and he finds still a little shelter left from the wreckage. Here they live until the whites again appear and drive them off, claiming the land. From place to place they journey, only to be driven further until finally death comes to Alessandro just as aid comes in the person of Felipe, the Senora's son, who takes... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ramona: A Story of the White Man's Injustice to the Indian See more »

Filming Locations:

Camulos, California, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Was promoted as 'The most expensive motion picture ever made' by Biograph in 1910. See more »

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White Exploiter: This land belongs to us!
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Brief But Historic
10 May 2009 | by gcrokusSee all my reviews

If you had not read the original novel or at least read up on the film "Ramona", I don't think you'd have much of a notion of what is transpiring. Though this is only a seventeen minute movie, the whole of a novel is presented to us. If it wasn't for its landmark status as representative of early silent films it wouldn't pass muster.

This is a tale of the inequitable treatment of Southern California Native Americans. Ramona is smitten by a member of the local tribe, and they eventually are wed despite the objections of her sort-of foster mother. The couple are run out of their home by land-grabbing white settlers. All this ends badly.

Consider that the novel "Ramona" was published in 1884 and that it achieved enormous popularity, so D. W. Griffith's film was destined to be a success. But besides its place in film history for the almost overwhelming interest of the story to the public it was one of the many pieces of work D. W. Griffith was churning out, making history just in the doing.

According to Darling Kindersley's "Chronicle of the Cinema", Griffith went on a "working vacation" – one in which he shot 25 films in four months as he and his ensemble toured California. One of the films made was this, "Ramona."

Paul Spehr drives home the importance of "Ramona" and other Griffith efforts around this time:

…it is camera work and editing that make the most startling advances during this period. Griffith "publicly laid claim to the introduction of 'large or close-up figures, distant views as represented first in 'Ramona', the 'switchback' (cross cutting – gc), sustained suspense, the 'fade out', and restraint in expression', raising motion picture acting to the higher plane which has won for it recognition as a genuine art.'

One quite noticeable aspect of this film is the lack of dialogue frames. Instead there are graphic text frames inserted occasionally to detail what is transpiring. But in no sense is the filmed footage tied to the actual dialogue we see. But as mentioned above without prior knowledge of the subject the movie is so abbreviated that it doesn't come close to conveying the whole story.

It has taken me far longer to write this review than to see the movie.

Three stars.


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