The Greater Love (1910)

The story itself is laid in the provincial district of France, and reveals that stern law which gives the French parent command and control over the life and will of his child. The heart of... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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Madame Pilar-Morin
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The story itself is laid in the provincial district of France, and reveals that stern law which gives the French parent command and control over the life and will of his child. The heart of a little French peasant girl has gone out to a young barrister, whom she worships and who worships her with all the holy loyalty of a noble love, but centuries of custom force their cruel way between them, and the girl is compelled to bow down to her father's will. Al the signing of the marriage contract we are shown her heart in all its sufferings. Time passes, and twenty years later we sec the result of a father's law. Annette, the daughter, has married her father's choice, a coarse, cruel brute; her life is crushed. The only gleam of joy that lights up her face is when her eyes rest upon her son, her boy. She worships him, but ere the day closes the awful truth is revealed to her that her boy is a thief! Mlle. Morin at this point reaches the supreme climax of the art of "Silent Drama." A moment ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 November 1910 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The audience watches with almost breathless interest
4 October 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An extremely emotional picture in which Mlle. Pilar-Morin runs the gamut of human emotion, suffering everything that a human being can suffer, even to seeing her idolized son arrested as a thief. The scenes are extremely dramatic, and in instances burning with passion. The dramatic heights reached in the picture have probably never been surpassed in a silent drama and the audience watches with almost breathless interest the transposition from one degree of suffering to another. It seems as though the poor woman was called upon to bear more than weak humanity can withstand, but eventually the difficulties pass and suffering is replaced by a serenity which promises something of happiness for a hitherto oppressed soul. - The Moving Picture World, December 10, 1910


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