Way Down East

  |  Buy to Own: 07/05/2001
  |  145 min
Rated U by the BBFC
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Poverty-stricken Anna Moore (Lillian Gish) goes to the big city to seek help but instead has a fateful meeting with the bounder Lennox Sanderson (Lowell Sherman), who fakes a marriage ceremony, gets her pregnant, and then abandons her. Destitute and unloved, Anna finds work in the home of Squire Bartlett and soon warms to a romance with his handsome son David (Richard Barthelmess). But will this new beginning be ruined when the news of her sordid and unfortunate past catches up with her? Classic silent melodrama, directed by D.W. Griffith and featuring a score recorded in 1928. It is chiefly remembered for the climactic scene in which David rushes over breaking ice in an attempt to save the helpless Anna as she is drawn ever closer to edge of a huge tumbling waterfall.