Hearts of the World

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Movie Info

Young American man Douglas Gordon Hamilton (Robert Harron) lives in a rural French community where he is successfully wooing local beauty Marie Stephenson (Lillian Gish). But their romance is interrupted when World War I dawns, and Douglas decides to join up with the French Army. The Germans then mercilessly bomb and infiltrate Marie's village, and Douglas is injured in battle. As lecherous German soldiers close in on Marie, a recovering Douglas plans a daring rescue.

Cast & Crew

Adolph Lestina
The Grandfather
Lillian Gish
The Little Disturber
Robert Harron
Douglas Gordon Hamilton
Jack Cosgrave
The Father of the Boy
Kate Bruce
The Mother of the Boy
Ben Alexander
The Boy's Littlest Brother
Marion Emmons
The Boy's Second Brother
Frances Marion
The Boy's Third Brother
Dorothy Gish
A Refugee Mother
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Critic Reviews for Hearts of the World

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  • It is interesting to note that instead of trying to outdo himself in staging gigantic battle scenes, [Griffith] used the great war only as a background for the filming of a simple and attractive love story of tremendous human interest.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Exquisite in pathos, tremendous in the scope of its visualization of the debacle of the trenches and without a peer in photographic beauty.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is the best spectacle of the present war that has yet been shown here, bringing out to a degree the havoc, the thrill, the horror and the business details of the great conflict.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Griffith's film seeks to make the war a big reality, to bring as much of it as possible within the four walls of a comfortable Broadway theatre... But the picture is not just a series of photographs of fighting.

    August 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The theme is an old one, but never before has it been unfolded on so stupendous a stage.

    August 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • From the standpoint of a propaganda feature, Hearts of the World is second to none.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Joshua Lowe

    Variety
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