Sunday, November 13, 2011

Isn't Life Wonderful - 1924

Country: USA
Language: English
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: D.W. Griffith, Geoffrey Moss (novel)
Stars: Carol Dempster, Neil Hamilton and Erville Alderson
Release Date: 5 December 1924 (USA)
Also known as: Como a Vida É Bela! (Portugal); Dawn (USA - working title);
Hát nem csodálatos az élet? (Hungary); Ist das Leben nicht wunderbar? (Germany).
Production Co: D.W. Griffith Productions
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Inflation | Poland | Poison Gas | Based On Novel
Genres: Drama | Romance
The story follows a Polish professor and his family who have become refugees in the aftermath of World War I. They try to survive in Germany during the period of the Great Inflation. Carol Dempster is Inga, a Polish war orphan who struggles to provide for the family that has taken her in, while accumulating a meager dowry from the rubble of depression-stricken Berlin so that she can marry Paul. Returning to his family, weakened by the battlefront's poisonous gases, Paul invests in his and Inga's future by tending a secret garden which he hopes will provide the resources for them to live, and which serves as a symbol of optimism for the two young lovers.

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