October 6, 2014

Movie Night: The Blot.

Review #644: The Blot.

Philip Hubbard (Professor Andrew Griggs), Margaret McWade (Mrs. Griggs), Claire Windsor (Amelia Griggs), Louis Calhern (Phil West), and Marie Walcamp (Juanita Claredon) Directed by Lois Weber.

Lois Weber is probably one of the most important legends of the silent era, she directed over 100 films (short and feature length) in her lifetime, and that number isn't even accurate as she may have done at least 200, though only a small portion survive. This movie comes from the 1920's, a decade in which I admit I've barely covered (This is only the 13th film I've covered on this era), and the movie is still relevant in today's society, especially for teachers, which is a strong point, when a movie manages to not be dated even after 90 years. The actors do a fine job, they convey their feelings very well without managing to overact too much. The atmosphere is pretty decent, it helps that Weber filmed in real locations and not just sets, trying to make a film as realistic as possible, and she succeeds. The movie is a pretty good drama, it manages to convey a slight dark tone that has a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel.

Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

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