10 September 2001 | Snow Leopard
Dramatic, But Uneven, & Not One of His Best
This short feature is filled with drama, but it also combines some preachy parts with some rather ambiguous messages. It's eventful, and at times gets your emotions involved, but it seems uneven, and when it is all over you don't really know what to think of it all.
Thanks to Blanche Sweet, the main character is mostly convincing. Sweet plays an older sister who wants to resist becoming a "Painted Lady", and much of the story revolves around issues that likely were more topical at the time than they would be now (or, at least, the issues involved would be much different in another era). That in part makes it of less interest than many other dramas of the time.
There are some good touches to the story, as in practically any Griffith short, and it holds your attention. But in the end, the movie leaves you feeling rather confused - it's hard to figure out what he was trying to say - and it's not one of his best.