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Way Down East

Way Down East

Way Down East

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1920 / 145min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: D.W. GRIFFITH

CAST: LILLIAN GISH, RICHARD BARTHELMESS, LOWELL SHERMAN

With live piano accompaniment by Nicholas Sosin

One of Griffith’s mightiest achievements, shot in his ill-fated Mamaroneck studio facility, returned the director to his days doing rip-snorting old-fashioned melodrama stock theater, though his adaptation of Lottie Blair Parker’s 19th very Victorian 19th-century stage blockbuster is nothing if not pure cinema, up to and including the famous ice flow rescue scene, which has Richard Barthelmess doing Jackie Chan-grade stuntwork to get to bedraggled heroine Lillian Gish.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Lillian Gish Trust for Film Preservation