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Way Down EastAnna is tricked into a fake wedding by the rich man - Lennox. But Lennox is a womanizer. He leaves her when she becomes pregnant. She loses everything. And she tries to rebuild her life despite her past.Keywords:
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Directors of "Way Down East"D.W. GriffithBirthdate: 22 January 1875, LaGrange, Kentucky, USA
Creators of "Way Down East"Lottie Blair ParkerBirthdate: 1854, Oswego, New York, USAWilliam A. BradyBirthdate: 19 June 1863, San Francisco, California, USA
Critic Reviews of "Way Down East"VarietyMarch 26, 2009
With the gathering together of a relatively small cast and less than half a dozen stellar film artists, D.W. has taken a simple, elemental, old-fashioned, bucolic melodrama and milked it for 12 reels of absorbing entertainment.Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
[Lillian Gish's] virtuoso performance makes the heroine's growth from gullible innocence to bitter experience credible.Washington PostJanuary 01, 2000
What's amazing is that so much of Gish's tough, funny, intuitive performance, particularly in the film's middle section as she bears her illegitimate child, transcends time, place and technology.Chicago ReaderJanuary 01, 2000
Through his star, Lillian Gish, Griffith gives the story an emotional power that lifts this 1920 silent feature to the level of a folktale; it becomes something simple, strong, and timeless.Radio TimesAugust 12, 2014
Justly celebrated for the climactic sequence where Gish, drifting unconscious on a raft of ice in a storm, is rescued by Barthelmess, the film offers many less obvious moments that are just as memorable.Film4August 19, 2013
Spectacular to look at, emotionally engaging and with a conclusion that still sends a shiver down the spine.CinePassionAugust 06, 2012
One of Griffith's most rousing visions of film as visual-emotional ebb and flow, connection and ruptureCombustible CelluloidJanuary 07, 2012
This is melodramatic soap opera at its most blatant and at its very best.Filmcritic.comJuly 25, 2007
If you are not moved at the scene of Gish baptizing her dead baby, then you should check the obituaries of your local paper to see if you are listed.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsMay 27, 2007
Old-fashioned bucolic soap opera doesn't translate well to modern-times.Classic Film and TelevisionAugust 13, 2005
Classic feminist filmTV GuideMay 24, 2003
The movie is today noted chiefly for its legendary climactic episode: a harrowingly realistic sequence in which the hero hurdles a succession of floating ice blocks to save the heroine from being washed over the falls.
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