In "the story of a plain girl," Lillian Gish stars in the title role as a young woman secretly smitten with a neighbor (Robert Harron). Though Susie must sacrifice greatly for the man, her love for him never wavers.
Dir: D.W. Griffith
Subtitled “Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages,” this landmark of silent film weaves together four separate plotlines dealing with the corrosive effects of the titular vice across history: a contemporary melodrama about a young couple’s struggles with poverty and crime, a Renaissance-era tale of persecuted French Huguenots, and recountings of the crucifixion of Jesus and the fall of ancient Babylon. The follow-up to D. W. Griffith’s controversial THE BIRTH OF A NATION was both technically innovative and visually lavish - the budget-busting Babylonian sets will still make you gasp. Some of the era’s biggest names have featured roles here (including Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge and Mae Marsh), with numerous future stars among the cast of thousands. Though its ambitions have been echoed in recent years by such films as CRASH and BABEL, this remarkable epic remains a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.