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Annie Laurie (1927)

The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of Macdonald and Campbell, and the young woman who comes between them, Annie Laurie.

Director:

John S. Robertson

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Marian Ainslee (titles), Ruth Cummings (titles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lillian Gish ... Annie Laurie
Norman Kerry ... Ian Macdonald
Creighton Hale ... Donald
Joseph Striker ... Alastair
Hobart Bosworth ... The MacDonald Chieftain
Patricia Avery ... Enid
Russell Simpson ... Sandy
Brandon Hurst ... The Campbell Chieftain
David Torrence ... Sir Robert Laurie
Frank Currier ... Cameron of Lochiel
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The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of Macdonald and Campbell, and the young woman who comes between them, Annie Laurie.

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Taglines:

A Thundering Drama of Scottish Highlands! A Spectacle of Never Ending Wonder! You'll Love it as You Love the Song! (Print Ad- Cortland Democrat, ((Cortland, NY)) 30 March 1928)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna Laurie See more »

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Budget:

$916,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (finale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The finale, 304 feet in length, was filmed in 2-strip Technicolor. See more »

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24 March 2015 | by EauDouceSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema with a specially commissioned live score by Shona Mooney that was so mind- blowingly good that it's hard to separate out the film itself from the combined experience. However that's silent films I suppose, they are new each time in a way that talkies aren't. Although I've just had the best night out at the cinema for a long time, the film as a stand-alone item isn't perfect. That said it's pretty damn good and, note, one of those ones where you'd be foolish to decide whether to go and see it based on a You Tube clip. Like a Scott novel, you might dip into it and think it ludicrously antiquated, but accept its own rhythms and logic and you get hooked. The film really is Annie Laurie, it's her (Gish) and not any of the men who is the pivot, who makes the important choices good and bad, deals with the consequences, drives the narrative and has a full physical part in the very well-done and action-packed finale. It's funny at times, romantic or suspenseful at others.

The music though, in the performance I saw: simply stunning, and the best live film score I've experienced. The performers were, appropriately, Scottish traditional musicians and aside from being good music, pure and simple, the score was pitch perfect at every point in interpreting and enhancing the action. As one small example, one of the film's big problems, for a modern audience, is that the male love interest Ian MacGregor (this is the old story of the Campbells and the MacGregors leading up to Glencoe) is hard to take seriously. Unlike the character of his brother, who gets the 'other' girl and could probably pass muster in a current Hollywood film in a Paul Rudd kind of way, the way Kerry plays Ian, and the way his character looks, are just not what we are conditioned to expect and initially seem comic. However Mooney's music believes in him, just as Annie Laurie does, and it's the music that, building up to a climactic and decisive mid-river kiss, made us feel the moment as Annie Laurie does and, at that point and thereafter, buy into the deal that she does.

Even a ridiculous Hollywood postscript comes, rather nicely, in colour when all else is in black and white; whatever the actual explanation, it felt like a cool, self-subverting marker that we'd shifted realities, and made for a great close - reminded me of a similar effect from the extending of the aspect ratio in Dolan's Mommy - which I'd recently seen.

All in all, go to see Annie Laurie at any point, but if you get a chance to see it with the Shona Mooney score (the HippFest audience were told it would be touring at least to the Barbican in London), you should go considerably out of your way not to miss it.


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