Isn’t Life Wonderful is a picture that has something more behind it than mere entertainment. It gives an insight into the lives of simple German folk and their sufferings as a result of the Great War’s aftermath.
This is the picture that Griffith shot partly in Germany. Griffith’s handling of the theme is little short of wonderful. His composition in mass scenes as well in those with but few characters is in line with the best he has ever done.
The story is of the privations and struggles of a German family following the war and the collapse of the German exchange. A tale at once gripping and interesting, though heart-rending and depressing.
A German professor is impoverished. He and his family have been driven from their home. They are in Berlin. One son is studying and working as a waiter in a night club, the other laboring in the shipyards until his strength, weakened through the war, fails him. The entire family is living in two rooms, eating a potato each a day.
Carol Dempster and Neil Hamilton are the lovers. Dempster does work of which she may well be proud. As for Hamilton, his characterization ranks with anything that he has done in this particular line.