Friday, April 04, 2014

1776, Or The Hessian Renegades (1910)

One-reel melodrama directed by D.W. Griffith (and featuring an early appearance by Mary Pickford), set during the American Revolutionary War. Not a terribly distinctive effort from this period, nonetheless interesting for its staging of action and Griffith's use of the depth and expansiveness of the frame even in an average work like this. Effective use of locations and creative staging compensate for the limitations of its plot devices.

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