Surrounded by a group of children, poet James Whitcomb Riley narrates the story of Little Orphant Annie, who loses her mother at an early age and is sent to an orphanage. Annie charms the ...
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Surrounded by a group of children, poet James Whitcomb Riley narrates the story of Little Orphant Annie, who loses her mother at an early age and is sent to an orphanage. Annie charms the other children with her stories of goblins and elves until her uncle comes to claim her. He and her aunt force Annie into a life of drudgery, treating her so cruelly that Big Dave, a neighboring farmer, takes her from them and places her in the charge of the kindly Squire Goode and his wife. Big Dave, who intends to marry Annie, is called away to fight in World War I. When Annie hears the news that he has been killed, she pretends to be gravely ill but wakes up to learn that it has all been a dream.Written by
The 35mm restored print shown here at Capitolfest in Rome, N.Y. is a marvel of modern technology. It was spliced together using several sources and lost footage inserted and owes its existence to a 1926 reissue by an obscure distributor from a 16mm print. The good people at the Library Of Congress did the honors.
There are several innovative photographic touches used in the film including overhead track shots, dissolves, multiple exposures and other camera shots, plus tinting that make the picture seem newer than it really is. Speaking for myself I did not feel it was good as I had anticipated and is a somewhat overrated film. The best of the camera tricks are the scenes in which Annie moralizes about superimposed ghosts and goblins that will "get ya if ya don't watch out!", as she tells the other children in the foster home. Very clever for 1918. It was hard to be drawn into the film though, most likely due to the disjointed nature of the print itself. Great to see it and appreciate the effort that went in to this restoration of an almost 100 year old movie.
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