An Unseen Enemy (1912)

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The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

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  • Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)
  • Lillian Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)
  • Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)
  • Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)
  • Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)
  • Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy (1912)

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D.W. Griffith

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21 November 2014 | MissSimonetta
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| Debut of the great Gish sisters
Lillian and Dorothy Gish made their film debuts in An Unseen Enemy (1912), one of the best of DW Griffith's short film work.

The two women show their acting chops here as two terrified teenagers cornered by villains. Their performances are not as refined as those they would give in the future, but the power and effectiveness of their pantomime and body movements forecast that well.

I'm not the biggest fan of Griffith's features, but his shorts are amazing. He packs a lot of suspense and melodrama into one reel. The editing and pacing of these films dash the impression of early film as exclusively slow-moving and crude, an impression given off by early feature films such as the nightmarish and dull Queen ELizabeth (1912), starring theater legend Sarah Bernhardt.

An essential for movie buffs and lovers of cinematic history.

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