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Title Way down east [vidoerecording] : a simple story of plain people.

Published [S.l.] : JEF Films International, c1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store VID  791.4372 WAY  VHS video cassette    AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videocassette (VHS) (119 min.) : si., b&w ; 1/2 in.
Notes Distributed by Force Video.
Based on the play by Lottie Blair Parker, William Brady and Joseph R. Grismer.
Note: This is the newly restored version (121 min.) with col. tinting and an added musical soundtrack.
Credits Producer, director, D.W. Griffith ; script, D.W. Griffith, Anthony Paul Kelly, Joseph R. Grisner ; photography, G.W. Billy Bitzer.
Notes Reference: Steve Vineberg, Film Quarterly, spring 1986.
Performers Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman.
Summary A country girl is tricked into a fake marriage by a lecherous playboy. He deserts her when she becomes pregnent. After the death of the baby she seeks refuge in the house of a puritanical squire. The melodramatic cliche of the original play is transformed, suffused with the timelessness of myth by Griffith and the principal players. The extraordinary delicacy and intensity of Gish is well complemented by the playing of Barthelmess as the country boy. The final scenes of fragility against the elements (filmed at some risk to Gish and Barthelmess) are a tour-de-force of staging, composition and editing.
Original Version Originally released as a motion picture: United States : D.W. Griffith, 1920.
Other author Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948. Director. Producer. Writer of accompanying material.
Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993.
Barthelmess, Richard, 1895-1963. Costume designer.
Kelly, Anthony Paul. Writer of accompanying material.
Grismer, Joseph R. Writer of accompanying material.
JEF Films International.
Force Video.
Subject Silent films.
Feature films.