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The Eternal Mother (1912)

John and Mary divorce their spouses to marry each other. Mary dies after giving birth and the baby is taken in by John's first wife, Martha. She refuses all contact with John until many ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Edwin August ... John, the Husband
Blanche Sweet ... Martha, the Wife
Mabel Normand ... Mary, the Woman
Charles Hill Mailes ... Mary's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... An Old Woman
Donald Crisp ... In Field
Guy Hedlund ... A Friend
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... A Friend
Jeanie Macpherson ... In Field
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John and Mary divorce their spouses to marry each other. Mary dies after giving birth and the baby is taken in by John's first wife, Martha. She refuses all contact with John until many years later when he becomes ill and she finally forgives him for deserting her. Written by Anonymous

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menage a trois | melodrama | See All (2) »

Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La eterna madre See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Griffith's Weakness
28 December 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

D.W. Griffith had many strengths as a director: his ability to visual a story told in pantomime, a strong sense of composition and to command a sense of loyalty in his staff. However, he was by no means perfect. When he decided to write his own story, the clarity of vision he showed in handling others' writing and translating it to a form accessible to his rural audience resulted in a story that was simplistic and mawkish from beginning to end. That's what happened here. This story is so sentimental that it is mildly embarrassing.

What is good about it is his sense of composition, the way that Billy Bitzer's camera-work indicates the changing relationships by composition and the beauty of the outdoor scenes. The work scenes look like Millais and the performances are fine. However, despite those strengths, this is one D.W. Griffith movie you can afford to skip.


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