A Corner in Wheat (1909)
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This was very eye opening for a lot of reasons: I knew several things about Griffith 1 that he was a southern racist and 2 a very talented film maker. But it also seems he was also an idealist in other venues and for his day a protagonist for Indian Americans and the poor that were taken advantage of by Wall Street. In this short film he highlights (based on a series of news articles) the plight of poor wheat farmers and urban poor who are at the mercy of unregulated Wall Street commodity traders who set the price of wheat. Literally buying at low-low prices crashing farmers into poverty and setting prices so high that bakers and others have to raise thier prices and in-poverishing the city poor while the Traders live like kings, Reminds me a lot of today's problems.
One of D.W. griffith's most memorable short films about the price raise on bread in a town that can already barely afford their wheat to begin with. As townspeople come up with a brilliant ideas and prove action against this awful dispute, a lot can be taken from this seemed-to-be basic storyline. The silent acting is fantastic, the story seems to become complex as it is told; However, it is easily understood. This is exactly what short films need to be nowadays. Sure it can be confusing and there is not enough detail about what is really going on, but the real focus is how much appreciation you can have for this magnificent director.
D.W. Griffith directs a decent short film about the effects of greed and its plight on the worker and the common man. It has a decent message, and it is well shot.
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