Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The White Caps

US 1905. PC: Edison. D: Edwin S. Porter. 255 m. LoC. ♪ Alain Baents. Tuesday 5 July 2005, Cinema Lumière 1, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna. Vigorous action and strong visualization from the director of The Great Train Robbery. Wife and daughter escape a violent husband. Men in white hoods chase the man and punish him with tar and feathers. The film is surprisingly ambiguous, as the white-hooded men are exactly like a KKK lynch mob. The matter-of-fact presentation of violence is still effective. Certainly a high point in Porter's career.

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