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Silas Marner1916

  • 2.7
Frederick Warde stars as the bent and twisted miser whose life of selfishness is changed by the influence of a child. From the very beginning, Thanhouser had a knack for pictorializing classic plays and novels, especially quaint period stories. The title character, a kindly weaver, is wrongly accused of murder and theft and becomes an embittered miser. Meanwhile, the real villain is blackmailed. The lives of various characters intertwine eventfully with the life of Silas Marner and events over the decades restore his humanity. A rich variety of locations, one of Thanhouser’s specialties, is at its best here. Silas' fire-lit cabin interior has dramatically effective special lighting not possible a couple of years earlier. The story suffers from severe truncation in this version (reduced to less than half its original length for a post-Thanhouser re-release) but benefits from Frederick Warde's detailed acting.

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filmmaker

You're quite correct, of course! The initial description was provided by the Thanhouser Company but we have tweaked their text to eliminate the error, accordingly.

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top reviewer

Firstly, this is not Frederick Warde's film debut. He had already appeared in several movie productions, including the long lost early feature film Richard III. Secondly, a great amount of the story is missing in this lavishly rendered version. The essential relationship story between Silas and his "daughter" is skimmed over, making the ending less poignant.