In an effort to change the American public's neutral stance regarding the war, the British government contacted Griffith due to his stature and reputation for dramatic filmmaking. The film was produced by D. Two families live next to one another in Dig - Adam Again - Dig French village on the eve of World War I. The Boy in one of the families falls for the only daughter in the other family.
As they make preparations for marriage, World War I breaks out, and, although the Boy is American, he feels he should fight for the country in which he lives. When the French retreat, the village is shelled. The Boy's father and the Girl's mother and grandfather are killed. The Girl, deranged, wanders aimlessly through the battlefield and comes upon the Boy badly wounded and unconscious. She finds her way back to the village where she is nursed back to health by The Little Disturber who Calle Stropp - Köttgrottorna - Köttrea 1983-93 previously been a rival for the Boy's affections.
The Boy is carried off by the Red Cross. Von Strohm, a German officer, lusts after the Girl and attempts to rape her, but she narrowly escapes when he is called away by his commanding officer. Upon his recovery, the Boy, disguised as a German officer, infiltrates the enemy-occupied village, finds the Girl. The two of them are forced to kill a German sergeant who discovers them. Von Strohm finds the dead sergeant and locates the Boy and Girl who are locked in an upper room at the inn. It is a race against time with the Germans trying to break the door down as the French return to retake the village.
The British Government gave D. Griffith unprecedented access to film in locations that were otherwise forbidden to journalists. Exterior shots were largely filmed throughout England from May to October In one instance Griffith and his film crew were forced to take cover when their location came under German artillery fire; he escaped unscathed.
The film company returned to Los Angeles where British and Canadian troops recreated battle scenes and other interior scenes on a stage at Fine Arts Studio in Los Angeles from November to December In a scene cut from the movie, actress Colleen Moore appeared as a little girl in her bed who, hearing the war raging beyond her window, was so frightened that she turned the hands of her alarm clock forward, hoping that time would rush forward to the end of the fighting.
Lillian Gish, the actress who portrayed 'The Girl', later said: . Some historians have also noted Heart Of The World (Sigla Festivalbar 79) - P. Piccioni* / L. Enriquez* - Heart Of The World / Plan Hearts of the World and similar films encouraged a 'hysterical hatred' of the enemy which complicated the task of the Versailles peacemakers.
Heart Of The World (Sigla Festivalbar 79) - P. Piccioni* / L. Enriquez* - Heart Of The World / Plan many American films of the time, Hearts of the World was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required cuts, in Reel 3, of that part of a bayoneting scene showing closeup of a man's side from which a stream of blood flows, Reel 6, that portion of dancing scene where dancer twirls her skirt and exposes posterior to camera, officer carrying young woman off into other room, six scenes of German officer on floor motioning to young woman to come and lie down beside him, closeup of same German officer reaching up with arms for young woman to come to him, closeup of officer and young woman embracing in bunk, officers forcing young peasant women towards bunks, scene showing young women in bunks with clothing disheveled and hair down and officers walking off and adjusting clothes, and the intertitle "Dungeons of Lust" and scenes of young women lying prostrate following the intertitle.
Hearts of the World is referenced in L. Rilla recalls in her diary, "The heroine was struggling with a horrible German soldier who was trying to drag her away. I knew she had a knife—I had seen her hide it, to have it in readiness—and I couldn't understand why she didn't produce it and finish the brute. I thought she must have forgotten it, and just at the tensest moment of the scene I lost my head altogether.
I just stood right up on my feet in that crowded house and shrieked at the top of my voice—'The knife is in your stocking—the knife is in your stocking! A print of the film still exists and is held by the Cohen Media Group. The rights are now held in the public domain. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hearts of the World lobby poster. Play media. Greenwood Publishing Group. American Cinema of the s: Themes and Variations.
Rutgers Heart Of The World (Sigla Festivalbar 79) - P. Piccioni* / L. Enriquez* - Heart Of The World / Plan Press. Griffith: Interviews. Press of Mississippi. Oxford University Press. Cherchi Usai, Paolo ed. The Griffith Project: Films produced in British Film Institute.
Edinburgh University Press. First World War. Dorling Kindersley. Exhibitors Herald. May 18, April 21, Retrieved October 8, Films directed by D. Only films from onwards included below.
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