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Dolores del Rio
This was re-released in 1939 with a new introduction by Mitchell Leichter commenting upon America's involvement in the then imminent forthcoming World War; it was edited down to just a little more than half of its original length, eliminating most of the silent sequences that involved dialogue, and thereby the need for inter-titles, but also most of the original story structure, so that what's left is more or less incomprehensible. The only real dialogue that's heard is in and around a couple songs by Alma Rubens. Sadly, this is the only version that seems to have survived today, at least within the reaches of public availability. See more »
Others have talked about the chopped-up, difficult-to-follow nature of this film.
Knowing all that, it's still worth seeing for:
Alma Rubens' two poignant performances of There is a Happy Land. Eleanor Boardman's facial reaction to the second performance helped make that a powerful scene.
The battlefield scenes, which are as harrowing as anything in Big Parade, All Quiet on the Western Front, Wings, and other WW I movies of that era. A June 8, 1929 review of the original print of the movie in the Detroit Free Press focused on these war scenes, so it seems like one of the best parts of the movie survived.
Eleanor Boardman's beauty and acting.
It's a strange mixture of late silent and early sound filmmaking, but if you watch the movie with the background knowledge of these reviews, you'll be rewarded.
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