Sunday, April 30, 2006

Hell's Hinges (1916)

Stodgy silent Western with Christian overtones about a wayward preacher, his sister and the outlaw who falls for her. The ending is rousing (and surprising in its brutality), with an epic scope that is unusual for the time period and the genre. Elements of the ending look forward to Clint Eastwood's later films, namely Unforgiven. It's a long, long hour before we get to that ending, though. William S. Hart was, from what I've read, an experience stage actor, so why does he confuse constant scowling with an actual performance?

Grade: C


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