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The Love Light (1921)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 January 1921 (USA)
Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Angela Carlotti
Evelyn Dumo ... Maria
Raymond Bloomer ... Giovanni
... Joseph
Albert Prisco ... Pietro
... Tony (as Georges Rigas)
... Mario Carlotti (as Edward Phillips)
... Antonio Carlotti
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Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor washed ashore. However, the sailor turns out to be a German spy, and she is torn between her love for him and her realization that he is part of the enemy force that has destroyed her family. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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9 January 1921 (USA)  »

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Le signal de l'amour  »

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$690,965
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Mary Pickford insisted that her best friend Frances Marion be not only the writer but also the director of this film. See more »

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  • - and Life is like the Sea.

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beautiful to watch
13 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most aesthetically pleasing films of the silent era. It's very artfully done and just looks great. The problem for me, though, that kept this movie from scoring higher was its plot. The film seemed to be like two short films fused together and they were just too different that the overall package just didn't seem very coherent. Mary Pickford plays an Italian woman who falls for a sailor who washes up on the beach during WWI. They are secretly married and all seems fine until she discovers that this American is actually a German spy! And, it turns out, he's responsible for her brother's death. Okay. Well he's killed in a really cool scene and then the movie switches to Mary and her baby that is born months later. Another woman who just lost a baby covets Mary's and steals it. In the big conclusion, Mary burns her own house down when the light at the lighthouse fails to help save the ship with the stolen baby on board. The lady thief drowned, but the baby is fine. The end.

If you feel confused by the odd plot, you are not alone. It's just too confusing and loses some focus along the way. It should have either dwelled much more on her relationship with the spy or skipped this entirely and focused on the lost baby. Together, the film is just too disparate to make much sense and seems too melodramatic and manipulative.


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