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The Adventures of Dollie1908

  • 3.7
D.W. Griffith's cinematic debut was already laced with dramatic irony, dynamic staging and deft parallel editing. The film opens with mother and daughter enjoying a summer day by the water. A gypsy merchant disrupts their idyll, first offering items for sale and then trying to make off with the woman's purse. The scoundrel is repelled by a well-bred stranger but he soon returns to snatch away the child. Little Dollie’s adventures get underway when she's hidden in a barrel precariously pitched on the back of the gypsy's wagon. Griffith ingeniously coaxes maximum drama out of the sight of the barrel and early movie audiences responded in droves. - Max Goldberg

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Perhaps what is most gripping about this early early narrative is its suspenseful plot, which revolves around an innocent, female child who is abducted by a thief while playing and spends her remaining frightful hours stuck in a barrel wheel that sails endlessly down an unknown river. Very entertaining. I am sure this one held viewers on the edge of their seats. Wonderful directing with characters continuously entering and exiting out of frame. Very compelling plot.

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Perhaps what is most gripping about this early early narrative is its suspenseful plot, which revolves around an innocent, female child who is abducted by a thief while playing and spends her remaining frightful hours stuck in a barrel wheel that sails endlessly down an unknown river. Very entertaining. I am sure this one held viewers on the edge of their seats. Wonderful directing with characters continuously entering and exiting out of frame. Very compelling plot.

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Fun to see Griffith’s first work! He was already able to grab you by the throat!

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Very engaging plot. Bravo!