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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rare 1913 silent film classics ~ Suspense (USA) Lois Weber, Raja Harishchandra (India), Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Russia)

Rare 1913 silent film classics ~

Suspense (1913, USA) Lois Weber

Silent drama film directed by Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber. The film features an early example of a split screen shot. A print of the film survives at the film archive of the British Film Institute.

A tramp stalks Mother and child while her husband is pursued by cops ...

Directed by Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Written by Lois Weber
Starring Lois Weber, Val Paul
Release date: July 6, 1913
Running time: 10 minutes
Country: United States

Raja Harishchandra (1913, India)

Raja Harishchandra (translation: King Harishchandra), is a 1913 silent Indian film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, and is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of King Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

The film revolves around the noble and righteous king, Harishchandra, who first sacrifices his kingdom, followed by his wife and eventually his children to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. Though, in the end, pleased by his high morals, the Gods are pleased and restore his former glory, and further bestow him with divine blessings.

Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke
Produced by Dadasaheb Phalke for Phalke Films
Written by Dadasaheb Phalke
Story by Ranchhodbai Udayram
Starring D. D. Dabke, P. G. Sane
Cinematography, Trymbak B. Telang
Release date: 1913
Running time: 53 minutes 49 seconds
Country: India

Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Russia, 1913)
Stars: Vera Chernova, A. Ugrjumov and V. Demert
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Writer: V. Demert
Running time: 48 minutes 37 seconds
Country: Russia

In Bauer’s earliest surviving film Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (1913), a bored society woman finds some spark in charity work until she is raped by one of the poor and cynical recipients of her compassion.

Some time later when, troubled by conscience, she tells her new husband of her past and he cannot accept the thought of it and abandons her.

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Guaranteed, replaced with same title.