“In the Border States”

While there are some trademark D. W. Griffith melodramatic touches, this short film set in the Civil War tells a heartwarming story that’s still fresh after 103 years. It also feels very realistic, perhaps a reflection of Griffith’s knowledge of history (he was born in Kentucky 10 years after the war, a time when old enmities still existed but most people were seeking healing after that terrible war).

I love it that the tough choice between patriotic duty and consideration for a fellow human is given to a child.

Categories: Saturday Silents, Silent movies

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