Review: ‘Judith of Bethulia’

Judith of Bethulia is in four-and-a-half reels, founded upon the biblical tale, with the captions probably culled from the poem of Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

Judith of Bethulia is in four-and-a-half reels, founded upon the biblical tale, with the captions probably culled from the poem of Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

In spite of the undoubtedly vast sum expended for architectural and other props to conform to the period in which the story is laid, Lawrence Marsden did not deem it necessary to recruit a cast of star players. He succeeded in utilizing the services of competent ones in the regular Biograph company. For the name part he selected Blanche Sweet; Henry Walthall for Holofernes; Robert Harron for Nathan; J. Jiquel Lanoe for the Chief Eunuch; Harry Carey for the Traitor, and so on.

There are two parts that stand out – Judith far beyond all the others, with Holofernes a safe second. Fine as is the acting of the principals, the chief thing to commend is the totally wonderful handling of the mobs and the seriousness with which each super performs his individual task.

Judith of Bethulia

Production

Biograph. Director D.W. Griffith; Screenplay D.W. Griffith; Camera Billy Bitzer; Editor James E. Smith

Crew

Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1914. Running time: 62 MIN.

With

Blanche Sweet Henry B. Walthall Robert Harron Mae Marsh Lillian Gish Lionel Barrymore
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