Thursday, August 11, 2011

In a Garden - 1912

Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 25 October 1912 (USA)
Cast: Riley Chamberlin (gardener and narrator), Marie Eline (Miss May [Marie in film inter-title], as a child), Leland Benham (Jack, her childhood sweetheart), Marguerite Snow (May grown up), James Cruze (Jack grown up), Harry Benham (who precipitates a quarrel between May and Jack), Helen Badgley (child visitor to garden), Carl LeViness (butler).
The ups and downs and ups of a romance over 30 years, told as a series of flashbacks by the gardener who witnessed them. The final garden scene, which is back-lit by the sun, appears to use fill lights or reflectors (which would have been a startling innovation) or may be lucky natural fill by scattered or thin clouds. Either way, the Thanhouser cinematographers always showed remarkable skill in dealing with the widely variable lighting conditions in their extensive exterior location work.

For futher information on films by Thanhouser, visit the site above. Let’s keep memories of this great studio alive.

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