Thursday, October 06, 2016

Who's Guilty 12: Weighed in the Balance

Who's Guilty? (US 1916), Motion Picture News (24-06-1916), photos: Media History Digital Library. Please click to enlarge them.

WHO’S GUILTY? NO. 12. WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE (Кто виноват? – Невинная жертва / Kto vinovat? – Nevinnaya zhertva) (US 1916). D: Howell Hansel. SC: P. A. Parsons, Mrs. Wilson Woodrow [Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow]. Cinematography: Henry Cronjager. C: Tom Moore (Tom Clark), Anna Q. Nilsson (Edna Carr), Mary Moore (Tom’s sister), Mathilde Brundage (Tom’s mother). P: William Edgar Shallenberger, Arrow Film Corporation. Filmed: Arrow Film Corporation Studios, Yonkers, New York. Dist: Pathé Exchange, Inc. Rel: 24.7.1916. Copy: 35 mm, 575 m (orig. 2 rl.), 25' (20 fps); titles: RUS.
    Print: Gosfilmofond of Russia.
    Le Giornate del Cinema Muto: Who's Guilty?
    Teatro Verdi, Pordenone, e-subtitles in English and Italian, grand piano: Daan van den Hurk, 6 Oct 2016.

Federico Striuli: "This episode represents a return to melodrama. Tom Clark’s comfortable life ends when his father suddenly dies. Rolling up his sleeves, Tom manages to find a job in the same mill his father had run, and there he meets Edna Carr. When Tom’s jealous boss Graham fires him, his fellow workers go on strike in support. This chapter was written by P. A. Parsons, the advertising manager of Pathé Exchange." – Federico Striuli

AA: I did not see this episode the title of which reminds us of the Book of Daniel ("You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting" is Daniel's interpretation at Belshazzar's feast about the writing on the wall: "mene, mene, tekel, upharsin"). But as I was waiting in the lobby of Teatro Verdi for the City Symphonies to start I had a chance to watch on the monitor the startling crowd movement of the strike scene of Weighed in the Balance. So electrifying that I was thinking that Eisenstein might have been inspired.

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