If you asked me to pick just one movie that perfectly captured the spirit of romanticized rural America, it would be this one. Richard Barthelmess gives the performance of a lifetime as a gentle lad who faces a coldly brutal world and is forced to grow up overnight.
Contains violent passages yet it maintains its sweetness. Simple yet packed with symbolism. Barthelmess and Gladys Hulette are flawless. This one is a classic for a reason.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.The film ends with a David vs. Goliath match when the villains steal a bag of mail. David wins after a bloody struggle and is declared tol’able.
If it were a dessert it would be: Maple Glazed Donuts. Thoroughly New World. It may seem like an old hat but it is done so well that it’s a revelation.
Availability: Released on DVD by Flicker Alley.
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