The film’s protagonist is a child of the Lower East Side who has grown into a notorious gang leader; his ‘regeneration’ occurs when a social worker teaches him to read, yet his brutal past remains a part of him through his friendship with a murderous hunchback–with ultimately tragic results.
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I was surprised how much I ended up liking this, considering how linear and pedestrian the story and direction seemed at first. The incredibly charismatic and natural Rockliffe Fellowes along with the beautiful and likewise natural Nilsson of course helped, but I think the on location shooting and real East Side dwellers create a very genuine world without being sappy.
Narratives stretched over time, characters ripped apart and a little cross-cutting; it sure feels like a movie made by Griffith's understudy. But Raoul Walsh's film feels like a patchwork compared to his master; each scene barely has any impact on the next one, stuff just happens without building up.
Filme interessante pela ambientação altamente realista ao retratar uma biografia ficcional de um gângster. A história é um tanto fraca, com muitos tropos que eventualmente se tornariam clichês no cinema, mas tem um final excelente. É de boa qualidade e grande valor histórico (além do citado, é um dos primeiros longa-metragens de gângsters e o primeiro filme de Raoul Walsh, que se tornaria influente neste tema).
A surprisingly emotional early film about love and redemption. Solid acting. The mid section can be a bit of a drag at times perhaps, but otherwise the whole is quite engaging. Impressive cinematography, some scenes are amazing - especially considering when the film was made.
Hard to judge without considering that this one came one century before us. With that in mind, it's kinda interesting to watch a redemption storyline being told so long ago.
I've read that "Regeneration" was the first movie using the shot/countershot filming and that sort of curiosity was what brought me here in the first place.
I just loved this movie. Maybe too-simple plotting, a story that moves just from A to B, but the leads are appealing and the filmmaking surprisingly snappy. This is one of the silents I’d advise to a friend unaccustomed to the period. It was filmed on location on the Lower East Side and the extras are neighbourhood people — a total gift if you’re a New York fan or a history buff or both.