True Heart Susie / Hoodoo Ann (Silent)

Starring: Lillian Gish Director: D.W. Griffith
Rating 3.9
8 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1919
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - Silent/Music
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: HOODOO ANN

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Description by OLDIES.com:

In 1918-1919, D. W. Griffith turned from spectacles such as The Birth Of A Nation, Intolerance and Hearts Of The World to smaller films, which he called his "short story series." Among these is True Heart Susie (June 1919). "There are those of us who consider True Heart Susie to be Griffith's masterpiece," writes Tom Gunning in his notes for a 2006 screening at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He goes on to praise the "narrative structure and point of view, as well as the fine details of performance, framing, and even the use of intertitles that makes a seemingly modest film such as this appear nearly incandescent in its confessional and emotional power."

In an almost mythical American arcadia, Lillian Gish portrays a pure, prim girl who so loves her childhood sweetheart (Griffith's most charming boyish hero, Robert Harron) that she sells the family cow to anonymously finance his higher education, only to lose him to a more "modern" woman (Clarine Seymour) when he comes home. Miss Gish's performance is among her best, her face what Gunning calls a "battleground of emotions, staging complete and progressive dramas of realization, recognition and despair."

As a bonus feature we offer Hoodoo Ann(February 1916). This light comedy is Griffith-supervised and scripted (using the pseudonym Granville Warwick), although the actual direction is by Lloyd Ingraham. Mae Marsh is paired with Robert Harron; the actors had been often partnered since Biograph days, were concurrently in the modern story of Intolerance and continued to play leads together until Miss Marsh left the company at the end of 1916. Although the plot is a tangle of unlikely coincidence, the performers make it work, and "it is filled with those little touches for which Fine Arts pictures are famous," in the words of an original review.

Product Description:

TRUE HEART SUSIE: In this silent romantic drama from the great D.W. Griffith (WAY DOWN EAST, THE BIRTH OF A NATION), an innocent, good hearted young woman (Lillian Gish) makes countless sacrifices to promote the fortunes of her ignorant love, William Jenkins (Robert Harron). For one thing, she finances his ecclesiastical education, though it means sending him off to college where she can't be with him. Of course he returns educated and worldly, ignoring her worse than ever, even choosing to marry another woman--"sophisticated" Bettina Hopkins (Clarine Seymour). Naturally stoic Susie never bothers to explain all she's done for him; she even hides Betty's extra-marital affairs from her beloved William's eyes. Amid the pastoral splendor of their small town, she prefers to suffer.

HOODOO ANN: A young, unfortunate girl in an orphanage is told by the Black Cindy, the cook, that she is "hoodooed" -- doomed to bad luck! After she rescues another child from the orphanage during a fire, her luck changes and she is adopted by a wealthy family. But how long will it be before her hoodoo catches up to her' HOODOO ANN was produced by D.W. Griffith under his pseudonym, "Granville Warwick."

Description by Image Entertainment:

In 1918-1919, D. W. Griffith turned from spectacles such as The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance and Hearts of the World to smaller films, which he called his "short story series." Among these is True Heart Susie. "There are those of us who consider True Heart Susie to be Griffith's masterpiece," writes Tom Gunning in his notes for a 2006 screening at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He goes on to praise the "narrative structure and point of view, as well as the fine details of performance, framing, and even the use of intertitles that makes a seemingly modest film such as this appear nearly incandescent in its confessional and emotional power." In an almost mythical American arcadia, Lillian Gish portrays a pure, prim girl who so loves her childhood sweetheart (Griffith's most charming boyish hero, Robert Harron) that she sells the family cow to anonymously finance his higher education, only to lose him to a more "modern" woman (Clarine Seymour) when he comes home. Gish's performance is among her best, her face what Gunning calls a "battleground of emotions, staging complete and progressive dramas of realization, recognition and despair."
As a bonus feature we offer Hoodoo Ann. This light comedy is Griffith-supervised and scripted (using the pseudonym Granville Warwick), although the actual direction is by Lloyd Ingraham. Mae Marsh is paired with Robert Harron; the actors had been often partnered since Biograph days, concurrently were in the modern story of Intolerance and continued to play leads together until Miss Marsh left the company at the end of 1916. Although the plot is a tangle of unlikely coincidence, the performers make it work, and "it is filled with those little touches for which Fine Arts pictures are famous," in the words of an original review.

Plot Keywords:

Love | Love Triangle | Love Triangles | Relationships | Silent | Silent Cinema | Silent Films

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