26 august 2006

The Unchanging Sea - 1910

Da D.W. Griffith laget "The Unchanging Sea" var det med inspirasjon fra diktet "The Three Fishers" av Charles Kingsley.

Historien foregår i en fiskerlandsby hvor livet til et ungt par forandres dramatisk av en ulykke. Mannen mister hukommelsen etter å ha holdt på å drukne. Dette skjer like før paret får en datter, og vi ser hvordan jenta vokser opp.
Mange år senere er familen en tur til sjøen, og omgivelsene fører til en reaksjon der faren får igjen hukommelsen.

Charles Kingsleys dikt, "The Three Fishers":

Three fishers went sailing away to the west,
Away to the west as the sun went down;
Each thought on the woman who loved him the best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
And there's little to earn, and many to keep,
Though the harbour bar be moaning.

Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tower,
And they trimmed the lamps as the sun went down,
And the night-rack came rolling up ragged and brown.
But men must work , and women must weep,
Though the storms be sudden, and waters deep,
And the harbour bar be moaning.

Three corpases lay out on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down,
And the women are weeping and wringing their hands
For those who will never come home to the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
And the soooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.


Rollene:
Arthur V. Johnson [fiskeren], Linda Arvidson [konen], Gladys Egan [datteren som liten], Mary Pickford [datteren som voksen], Charles West [datterens kjæreste]

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