Starring Charles Farrell and Mary Duncan
Based on Tristram Tupper's novel and pointing the moral "A river is like love, it cleanses all things," "TheRiver" turns out to be a strong, intimate study of two humans alone in a deserted construction camp. One is an unsophisticated mountain boy, the other a woman of the world. The two are frozen in through the long winter with a sinister crow, the left-over gift of the woman's former lover, as their only companion. These two are splendidly played by Mary Duncan and Charles Farrell.
Director Frank Borzage has handled a difficult story with skill and tact, pausing here and there to reveal the changing moods of he two with startling frankness. The atmosphere of loneliness is amazingly maintained. See it, but it's hardly the thing for little Willie.
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