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The Female of the Species (1912)

Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast overview:
Charles West Charles West ... The Miner (as Charles H. West)
Claire McDowell ... The Miner's Wife
Mary Pickford ... The Miner's Wife's Sister
Dorothy Bernard ... The Other Woman
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Four survivors from an abandoned mining town - a married couple, the wife's sister, and a younger woman - are making a desperate trip to safety across the desert. The wife suspects the younger woman of having an affair with her husband, and soon afterwards the husband dies suddenly. The three women must then continue their journey amidst the growing tensions caused by the wife's desire for revenge. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Женщина по рождению See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Completely Spellbinding Biograph Short Film
24 May 2004 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

Three of D.W. Griffith's stock company actresses - Claire McDowell, Dorothy Bernard, and Mary Pickford - give performances of a lifetime in this intense and surrealistic Biograph short, made in the California desert in April, 1912, the same month the Titanic went down, and released the day after that tragedy.

At times the film looks like it was made yesterday, not 80+ years ago; it is in great condition. The dark plot of madness, the closeups of the actresses, and the nuances of their subtle yet powerful performances, make this particular Griffith short stand out from all the rest. The piano soundtrack for this short film is truly outstanding, the best on the disc set "D.W. Griffith 'Years of Discovery'".

Highly recommended, not to be missed. 10 out of 10.


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