In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole. On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2021)
Brief Synopsis – The story of two families with different loyalties during the Revolutionary War.
My Take on it – This is the second film on this list that I had never seen before and also had hopes for it given the kind of epic films that D.W. Griffith was known for.
The story try to show how two families could have differing opinions on the choice to rebel against England, yet still find love between their children.
They do a great job showing the events that led to the Revolution and the way that they film the battles of Lexington and Concord are quite impressive given the time that this was made.
There truly is an epic feel for this story and it works so much better than expected.
The film might be two and a half hours long but they still find a way to keep it enjoyable and engaging the whole way through.
The subtitles and title cards help give the viewer ad even more comprehensive look at all that transpires here and it is quite eye opening the whole way through given the torn loyalties between many of the characters along the way.
I’m not sure why this film wasn’t able to do well when it came out, but even nearly a Century after it came out, I enjoyed watching its viewpoint on the Revolution.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film is regarded as a major turning point in the career of D.W. Griffith. Its critical and public failure ended Griffith’s tenure as the industry’s preeminent director. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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