One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, a pastoral fable of a sort that no one could ever make again, because the sensitivity and spirit have vanished along with the landscape. Made in 1919, it's a souvenir of an even earlier time when man and his environment were still in perfect harmony. The city is just beginning to intrude on Griffith's setting, and its effects are potentially devastating. But Susie (Lillian Gish) shines through, rescuing her lover from the arms of an evil woman. The plot is pure archetype, but if you fail to be moved, you have a very cold heart indeed.
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