Evil Mr.Grimes keeps a rag-tag bunch of orphans on his farm deep in a swamp in the US South. He forces them to work in his garden and treats them like slaves. They are watched over by the eldest, Molly.
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Judging superficially (and as a rule I judge 'sub speciae frivolitatis'), silent film and ancient sculpture share a common trait. In the contemporary public experience of both, colour was crucial (acc. to Euripides' Helen of Troy, a statue stripped of its tacky varnish was disfigured, while film copies were dyed), but preservation mostly came in monochrome (eroded paint) and b/w negatives, respectively. I'm delighted
An exceedingly odd duck, less a narrative than an environment where extreme sentimentality and piety intermingles with slapstick and some genuinely brutal violence. Pickford is very variable, but von Seyerfritz is an excellent villain, the visuals have a naive beauty, and the action sequences are still horrific in both idea and execution.