Later Biograph Shorts
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Lillian Gish matures in her later Biograph shorts, branching out to play both seductresses and saintly mothers.
Just Gold. 1913. Written and directed by D. W. Griffith. With Lionel Barrymore. Four brothers try their luck at gold prospecting, but the one who stays home with Gish ends up the luckiest. Incomplete print. Approx. 15 min.
A Woman in the Ultimate. 1913. Directed by Dell Henderson. Screenplay by William E. Wing. With Charles Hill Mailes, Henry B. Walthall. A departure in style from Gish’s earlier films, this unconventional Biograph short experiments with sophisticated filmmaking techniques in a story about a flapper tormented by confidence men. Approx. 16 min.
The Mothering Heart. 1913. Directed by D. W. Griffith. Screenplay by Hazel H. Hubbard. With Walter Miller. Made merely nine months after Gish’s debut, she gives her first breakthrough performance in this short playing a betrayed wife and grieving mother. Approx. 23 min.
The Battle at Elderbush Gulch. 1913. Directed by D. W. Griffith. Screenplay by Griffith, Henry Albert Phillips. With Robert Harron, Mae Marsh. A prelude to Griffith’s later battle epics, this short reinforces the image of the motherly Gish. Approx. 26 min.
Silent, with musical accompaniment by Stuart Oderman
In the Film exhibition Lillian Gish
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