True Heart Susie | Chicago Reader

True Heart Susie

Rated NR 98 minutes 1919

One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, a pastoral fable of a sort that no one could ever make again, because the sensitivity and spirit have vanished along with the landscape. Made in 1919, it's a souvenir of an even earlier time when man and his environment were still in perfect harmony. The city is just beginning to intrude on Griffith's setting, and its effects are potentially devastating. But Susie (Lillian Gish) shines through, rescuing her lover from the arms of an evil woman. The plot is pure archetype, but if you fail to be moved, you have a very cold heart indeed.

Film Credits

Director: D.W. Griffith

Cast: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Loyala O'Connor, Walter Higby, Claire Seymour, Kate Bruce and Raymond Cannon

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