Fun Size Review: Stella Maris (1918)

John has the role of nurturer.
John has the role of nurturer.

The tale of two women, both played by Mary Pickford. Stella is a beautiful invalid while Unity is an abused orphan. Both fall in love with the same man but he is trapped in an abusive marriage. One of Pickford’s darker films but still manages to have plenty of light touches, thanks to the direction of Marshall Neilan. The performances are first-rate and the picture has strong feminist undertones. Highly recommended.


(You can read my full-length review here.)

[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Out of love and loyalty, Unity murders the abusive wife and then commits suicide, leaving Stella to pursue happiness.[/toggler]

If it were a dessert it would be:



Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. Dark, bitter and sweet. An unforgettable experience.

2 Replies to “Fun Size Review: Stella Maris (1918)”

  1. I agree with you. This one’s up there with WINGS and SUNRISE as one of the best silents ever. Pity it doesn’t get more recognition. I found this movie enthralling and I would love to see it again.

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