Way Down East

1920

Action / Drama / Romance

72
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 4305

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Cast

Norma Shearer as Barn Dancer
Lillian Gish as Anna Moore
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989.34 MB
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19.973 fps
2hr 25 min
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2hr 25 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ian 9 / 10

Another Epic Drama from D.W.

(Flash Review)

One thing I learned was that the "why did the chicken cross the road" joke is at least 96 years old as it was used in this film. Ha! On to more important points. The underlying theme of this film is to treat women well, marriage is important and sacred so don't cheat. The sprawling tale begins with a poor country girl who travels to the big city in hopes of improving their financial situation. A wealthy man, with a fondness for 'the ladies', becomes smitten with her and the only way he can 'have' her is to marry her. So he tricks her into a false marriage and she later has his child. Later that story point will be a crux that drives drama to the end. Really good acting, good pacing (dragged at times: 2:45 runtime) and a long but intricate and interesting story. I didn't know this til after but the ending is one of the most famous cinematic moments of the silent era. Not really a spoiler but there was a long rescue on REAL ice chunks actually flowing down a brisk river. No special effects, no stunt doubles. The actual actors were jumping on frozen ice sheets that were breaking away and heading down a rapids! Occasionally falling in and getting back out. The man actually carried a woman while hopping like a frog from ice sheet to ice sheet. It was very tense because it was real. Amazing and thrilling.

Reviewed by Christopher Hearns 8 / 10

Overly long, but with great acting and a solid story

The film is overly long by at least a half hour, maybe even an hour. It drags. There are scenes with little or no merit. Subplots that distract the viewer.

However, Gish's acting is superb. Her expressions carry us through the story. She provides us with the necessary character to hook onto and feel sympathy for. And, to be clear, Anna is a very interesting character.

Charlotte Blair Parker's story, while I may disagree at times with the treatment, is fantastic. She weaves together a number of elements with some skill.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the, what appears to me to be, rather dangerous stunt work performed by the leads.

Will it drag? Yes. But stick with it regardless for the good parts.

Reviewed by timbeach-03889 2 / 10

Way, Way Down

Another slow and labourous Griffith melodrama about a lustful rich man who proposes to a country woman not out of love but desire. Griffith liked his morals applied with glue and heavy duty nails before being wrapped in tape, so I guess you ought to realise that this is a bad thing to do. Well, just in case it wasn't obvious enough through watching the film, he stuck some title cards at the front before the thing even begins to tell you so. If you like your education in the scripted costume of 1920's wealth and grandeur, this is the school for you.

Being a Griffith film the shots and cinematography - his strong point - are nice - although the constant vignetting bugged me almost as much as the story. Instead of focusing your gaze on the subject as intended, they distract you from it. The acting is also over-exaggerated.

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