D.W. Griffith1901-1910DramaSilentUSA

D.W. Griffith – The Lesson (1910)

The Lesson (1910)
The Lesson (1910)

The Moving Picture World, 31 December 1910 wrote:
At one time the Biograph Company had quite a reputation for sermons. Here is one which has much of the original flavor, representing a young man disobeying the wishes of his father, a minister, to become a preacher; sinking lower and lower until just as his father dies he kills a man in a saloon brawl, and but for the plea of a sister would have been taken to prison, even as his father died. Whatever may be thought of this type of picture individually, the power it exerts upon an audience cannot be questioned. Like the horrible examples graphically shown in the goody-goody Sunday school books these films possess a fascination which cannot be denied, yet perhaps few would care to acknowledge its influence. The dramatic attractiveness in this particular instance consists in reproducing a domestic scene, unhappily too common, in some of its aspects at least, in such a way that the events seem to be transpiring before the audience. It is a graphic and impressive illustration of the commandment to honor, which means obey, one’s parents.

The Lesson (1910)
The Lesson (1910)
The Lesson (1910)

Container: Matroska
Runtime: 13 min 6 s
Size: 102 MiB
Codec: h264
Resolution: 1280x720
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Frame rate: 18.000 fps
Bit rate: 1 091 kb/s
BPP: 0.066


Subtitles:Dutch intertitles, English

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