Notes on Short Film

Lengthy diatribe on brief cinematic experience.

The Burglar’s Dilemma (1912)

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I don’t have much to add to the critical retrospective of this film; it’s an early work by D.W. Griffith that shows the promise of some of his greater films to come. Other reviews state that the plot devices Griffith uses seem contrived and unrealistic, but that his messages come across clearly in the end. Considering the sheer number of films he was making at the time – around two or three a week adding up to over 450 total – the quality and detail included in the film is impressive. I was also excited to learn the main character was none other than Lionel Barrymore. Overall, I enjoyed this film but struggled to immerse myself enough in the narrative or production to analyze it adequately.

You can find more information and links about the film on IMDb.

Written by Alisa Hathaway

March 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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