ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL
starring Carol Dempster and Neil Hamilton
December 27, 1924.
Simplicity is the keynote of Griffith's great picture. No plot or story has this little gem, but a setting so different and so perfect that it marks a new era in the motion picture industry. Just life - built around the love of two hearts, so lovely and so simple as to be almost incomprehensible. It is an epoch in the life of a Polish refugee family who have made Germany their home after the war, and depicts the soul-trying conditions under which these gallant souls labored. For days existing on turnips or potatoes, this little group faces starvation. Relief comes in the form of a crop of potatoes and a gift of liverwurst, but is snatched away when a band of hunger-driven thieves rob the lovers of their crop. The two great scenes of the picture have been made with all of Griffith's artistry: The dinner scene, in which the family first taste real food, and the final scene, in which Inga and Hans lose the last hope on which their marriage depends, but still find life wonderful because they have each other. One cannot single out an individual member of the cast for praise. The entire cast could not be surpassed. The beautiful scenic shots are Griffith's; praise enough. The production is an epic no one should miss.
The cast includes: Carol Dempster, Neil Hamilton, Helen Lowell,
Erville Alderson, Frank Puglia, Marcia Harris and others.
The picture was directed by David Griffith.
Review contributed by Eryn Merwart
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