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Isn't Life Wonderful (1924)

A family of Polish refugees tries to survive in post-World War I Germany. For a while it seems that they are making it, but soon the economic and political deterioration in the country begins to take their toll.

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

D.W. Griffith, Geoffrey Moss (novel)
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Cast overview:
Carol Dempster ... Inga
Neil Hamilton ... Paul
Erville Alderson ... The Professor
Helen Lowell ... The Grandmother
Marcia Harris Marcia Harris ... The Aunt
Frank Puglia ... Theodor
Lupino Lane ... Rudolph
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Leader of the Workers
Paul Rehkopf Paul Rehkopf ... Hungry Worker
Robert Scholtz Robert Scholtz ... Hungry Worker
Walter Plimmer Walter Plimmer ... The American (as Walter Plimmer Jr.)
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The story follows a Polish professor and his family who have become refugees in the aftermath of World War I. They try to survive in Germany during the period of the Great Inflation. Carol Dempster is Inga, a Polish war orphan who struggles to provide for the family that has taken her in, while accumulating a meager dowry from the rubble of depression-stricken Berlin so that she can marry Paul. Returning to his family, weakened by the battlefront's poisonous gases, Paul invests in his and Inga's future by tending a secret garden which he hopes will provide the resources for them to live, and which serves as a symbol of optimism for the two young lovers. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Runtime:

| (copy with English titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Film That Shows the Devastation of War
2 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Griffith does a really good job of showing the horrors of war as they relate to the masses and then personalizing it. We are focused mostly on a family that has connections to all the implications of the First World War. Our primary focus is on lovers, the woman in waiting, and the man with scorched lungs from a gas attack. This war was probably the most devastating ever fought because of the dirty conditions and the hand to hand combat. The Germans used poison mustard gas which killed and maimed. And yet this film has a positive message because humans are resilient and manage to move forward no matter how horrible the cost. A more mature D. W. Griffith film.


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