Fun Size Review: Falling Leaves (1912)

Director Alice Guy’s tearjerker short about a little girl trying to save her older sister still earns more than a few sniffles today.

Guy’s trademark visual depth and sensitivity are on display here in this O. Henry-esque film. One of her most famous for a reason and well worth seeing.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The little girl does end up saving her sister, just not the way she thought.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Creamy Maple Candy. Old-fashioned in a wonderful kind of way.

Availability: Released on DVD and Bluray.


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  1. Marie Roget

    A beautifully shot and genuinely touching little film. The sentiment never feels calculated or cloying in Guy’s Falling Leaves (a couple of Disney classics can’t help but come to mind here……Sob, They Killed Bambi’s Mother!). Falling Leaves is a personal favorite from the wonderful Early Women Filmmakers boxed set.

    And thanks for taking me back to childhood in O Canada with the link to what we called Maple Fudge. Mum used to make it, to all our delight, despite her misgivings that it could be a real “tooth rotter.” Simply delicious and worth the strong admonitions to brush teeth right after enjoying a few pieces!

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