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True Heart Susie / Hoodoo Ann (Silent)

Genres: Silent, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Double Feature, Romantic Drama, Romantic Comedy

Cast: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Clarine Seymour

Director: D.W. Griffith, Lloyd Ingraham

Synopsis: In 1918-1919, D. W. Griffith turned from spectacles such as The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance and Hearts of the World to smaller films, which he called his "short story series." Among these is TRUE HEART SUZIE. "There are those of us who consider TRUE HEART SUZIE to be Griffith's masterpiece," writes Tom Gunning in his notes for a 2006 screening at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He goes on to praise the "narrative structure and point of view, as well as the fine details of performance, framing, and even the use of intertitles that makes a seemingly modest film such as this appear nearly incandescent in its confessional and emotional power." In an almost mythical American arcadia, Lillian Gish portrays a pure, prim girl who so loves her childhood sweetheart (Griffith's most charming boyish hero, Robert Harron) that she sells the family cow to anonymously finance his higher education, only to lose him to a more "modern" woman (Clarine Seymour) when he comes home. Gish's performance is among her best, her face what Gunning calls a "battleground of emotions, staging complete and progressive dramas of realization, recognition and despair."
HOODOO ANN is a light comedy is Griffith-supervised and scripted (using the pseudonym Granville Warwick), although the actual direction is by Lloyd Ingraham. Mae Marsh is paired with Robert Harron; the actors had been often partnered since Biograph days, concurrently were in the modern story of Intolerance and continued to play leads together until Miss Marsh left the company at the end of 1916. Although the plot is a tangle of unlikely coincidence, the performers make it work, and "it is filled with those little touches for which Fine Arts pictures are famous," in the words of an original review.

Language: Silent

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1919

Reviews:

  • "A lovely, simple pastoral romance - one of the most charming of all D. W. Griffith's films. Close to perfection, on a small scale.", Pauline Kael

True Heart Susie / Hoodoo Ann (Silent)
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  • Release Date: Aug 28th, 2007
  • Catalog Number: ID3846DS01
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  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 87
  • Color Format: Tinted
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: Silent
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Closed Captions: No
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  • Release Date: Aug 28th, 2007
  • Catalog Number: ID3846DS02
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  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 64
  • Color Format: Black & White
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • Language: Silent
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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  • Closed Captions: No
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