This scene alone makes the movie a must-see, if only because it reminds us that beyond his narrow mindedness, Griffith was a true master of the form. In what may have been his most brilliant surprise, D.W. Griffith transformed an archaic melodrama about a wronged woman into a transcendent love story of redemption. Way Down East is a beautiful and sensitive movie about poverty and sexism in early films. In the days when films were just a rudimentary form of entertainment, he always aimed for the stars in a series of projects than can only be called epic. Muted it. “Since the beginning of time man has been polygamous” establishes the first title card shown onscreen, before it goes on a rant about the holiness of monogamy and how “not yet has the man animal reached this standard”. Interestingly, the musical score on this DVD to this 1920 film is an original 1928 `low-fi mono' recording made to suit the film, which adds appropriate atmosphere to the period. Griffith made two kinds of films: spectacles and love stories. --Bill Desowitz. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. They honored this old and very important film., One of Griffith's most entertaining classics, Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2007. Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess were wonderful. This contains the masterpiece film in high quality and beauty of restoration by KINO. [1],,, Films with screenplays by Howard Estabrook, Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from July 2018, All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 September 2020, at 04:36. Lillian Gish plays an innocent New Englander seduced by an urbane charmer (Lowell Sherman), who arranges a mock marriage and then abandons her when she's pregnant. Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2008. She also meets Lennox Sanderson (Lowell Sherman), a womanizing card player whose talents are limited to seducing girls. In Way Down East Griffith explored the sanctity of monogamy and how straying from it could only lead to tragedy. Considering the play was three decades old by the time Griffith made his movie, to call its values "outdated" would be an understatement. Bonus supplements in the disc are rather limited and mostly consist of notes, pictures and a clip of a scene in Uncle Tom’s Cabin that inspired the icy climax. The picture is a remake of the classic 1920 D. W. Griffith silent film Way Down East starring Lillian Gish, which in turn was based on the 1897 stage play by Lottie Blair Parker. I am a Black person and I loved Way Down East. Power trio Bad Wires' debut Politics of Attraction is a mix of punk attitude, 1990s New York City noise, and more than a dollop of metal. That said, it’s still absolutely admirable to see that when some of his fellow filmmakers were just filming plays or slapstick sketches, Griffith wanted the world to hear what he had to say. Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018. KINO tends to always create mastery. King's 'Indianola Mississippi Seeds' Retooled R&B, Bad Wires Release a Monster of a Debut with 'Politics of Attraction', Matt Berninger Takes the Mic Solo on 'Serpentine Prison', 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Nudges Out Conscience in Our Time of Crises, LA Rockers Swerve Make a Dark, Romantic "Escape" (premiere), Rachel Brooke Has "The Lovells Stockade Blues" (premiere), Low Cut Connie Share Their 'Private Lives', 'Alaska' Was Where Between the Buried and Me Clicked, RUI HO Creates Ecstatic Electropop on 'Lov3 & L1ght'.