Fun Size Review: Stella Maris (1918)

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 that punctuates the dark, thanks to the direction of Marshall Neilan. The performances are first-rate and the screenplay by Frances Marion keeps the women front and center. Highly recommended and one of Mary’s best.

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

Out of love, loyalty and vengeance, Unity murders the abusive wife and then commits suicide, leaving Stella to pursue happiness.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. Dark, bitter and sweet. An unforgettable experience.

Availability: The quality Milestone version released on DVD is out of print. Here’s hoping for an HD re-release!


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