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True Heart Susie

Posted by martinteller on August 18, 2010

Simplistic storytelling and outmoded sexual politics.  I’m not doubting Griffith’s talent as a filmmaker.  But even if he was ahead of his time cinematically, his puritanical attitudes seem dated even by 1919 standards.  His soapbox approach to cinema really bugs me, using his movies to shove his values down your throat.  Few hands are heavier.  I kept rooting for bad girl Bettina, because William was such a crashing bore and Susie was such a doormat idiot.  Nonetheless, it is at least mildly entertaining fare, well-paced, well-shot and well-acted.  Rating: 6


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