A real curio from the First World War, this movie is a ripoff of a D.W. Griffith film (the heroine spins and twirls and is a squirrel aficionado) with a heavy dose of Erich von Stroheim (as actor and uncredited assistant director) and his patented sleaze thrown in, making this a very strange film indeed. And, yes, this is the one where he tosses a baby out of a second floor window. Much like real war, moments of horror punctuate extreme boredom. Historically important but no picnic to get through.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The heroine, a devoted squirrel fancier who is also prone to kissing socks, goes to war as a Red Cross nurse, is attacked by Erich (who throws the baby in her charge out the window) but thwarts him with this thing called a “door” and is rescued by her husband, a square-jawed Canadian soldier. All ends with the heroine going home distributing war orphans like party favors. No, it doesn’t make sense to me either.
If it were a dessert it would be:
Off-brand “Twinkies.” The original isn’t gourmet or anything (though it is bathed in nostalgia) but the rip-off is kind of awful.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.