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"A simple story for plain people."
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Way Down East is a 1920 romantic drama from the silent era of film. D.W. Griffith directed and Lillian Gish stars in the film. Griffith was the superstar director of the day, and Gish was one of Hollywood’s first leading ladies. Several versions of Way Down East were made, but Griffith’s version is the most memorable. This is due in part to a famous scene in which Gish is rescued from an icy river.

Gish play a poor country girl named Anna. She falls victim to a smooth talker named Lennox. Lennox convinces Anna to marry him, but he leaves her when she becomes pregnant. The baby dies and she struggles to survive as people scorn her because of her past. This was a cutting edge movie in its day. It does not shy away from serious and troubling issues.

Way Down East is an Drama, Action, Romance movie that was released in 1920 and has a run time of 2 hr 25 min. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

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| 1920 | 2 hr 25 min | 7.4/10
Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Mrs. David Landau, Lowell Sherman
D. W. Griffith
Produced By
D. W. Griffith