The Struggle (1931)
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Critic Reviews for The Struggle
One of his most powerful and intensely felt works -- not merely a heartbreaking story and a portrait of the Depression at its grimmest, but a poignant summary of everything that Griffith could do with a camera.
D. W. Griffith's last film, a crude, grim, grotesquely sentimental melodrama about an alcoholic's degradation, fits into the rare category of films that are great but not really very good.
Neither Miss Loos, Mr. Emerson nor Mr. Griffith can be said to have accomplished anything particularly novel by this screen work.
Griffith turned it into a rather maudlin and naive morality tale -- though it didn't merit the hostile reviews that it initially received.
One of the greatest directors who ever lifted a megaphone, David Wark Griffith was 56 when he made this, his last movie, and it is a shame that he had to bow out with such a dud.
Audience Reviews for The Struggle
Too bad that this is the final movie of DW Griffith, because it's not that good. The story makes these illogical jumps and the main character exists in one of two states, sober and great, or drunken stumbling around maniac. A little subtlety could have done this good, because all the basics are there for some great real drama, and on many occasions it almost succeeds.
Although D.W. Griffith?s last film is not up there with his silent masterpieces, it is still an interesting film. There is some very good cinematography. The acting is a bit crude however, but the cast is with no stars I have even heard of. The story is fair, a bit too melodramatic.
Although D.W. Griffith's last film is not up there with his silent masterpieces, it is still an interesting film. There is some very good cinematography. The acting is a bit crude however, but the cast is with no stars I have even heard of. The story is fair, a bit too melodramatic.
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