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25 Ratings

The Blot

Directed by Lois Weber
United States, 1921


Hardworking Professor Griggs (Phillip Hubbard) has a tough time supporting his wife (Margaret McWade) and their daughter, Amelia (Claire Windsor). When Amelia takes ill, Mrs. Griggs steals a chicken from her next-door neighbor to nourish her daughter.

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The Blot Directed by Lois Weber

Critics reviews

Weber films this pain-seared drama with a meticulous eye for the telling detail—worn-out shoes, torn carpet, tatty furniture—and for the nuances of social observation and concealments on which pride and shame depend. As the drama builds to frenzied heights, Weber brings it to a shatteringly rapid conclusion.
July 21, 2017
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This is an astonishingly gentle film, a domestic drama that never leans on the emotional urgency or moral tribulation that we would recognize as melodrama. Every plot synopsis I’ve read overstates the centrality of THE BLOT’s romantic rivalries, which are handled in the most chivalrous and incidental manner imaginable.
April 07, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • francisca bacon's rating of the film The Blot

    I can think of few films that succeed in aggregating characters as 'stereoscopically' as The Blot. Observed thru many angles, a stereogram each, the actors' play isn’t made of binary sets of left and right-eye images used in binocular vision (and in poor characterization), but brought forth by combined perspectives, which better define mind’s Argus-like, hundred-eye structure and its distinct, multifocal stereopsis:

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Blot

    An interesting and excellently aestheticized silent melodrama that ably analyzes poverty. It is moving in many scenes and the characters were well-rounded for a silent film of this type. Did I say it looks great for a 1921 silent film? I would give it a higher rating but it is a little too conservative for me and it unfortunately features one incredibly offensive and racist title card in a key scene. Not cool.

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