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"At the Altar" is a short crime drama directed by D.W. Griffith. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Billy Bitzer, Arthur V. Johnson, Robert Harron and Florence Lawrence, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.
Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a policeman, Robert Harron is a boy on the street and Florence Lawrence is a wedding guest.
An unsuccessful suitor can't swallow that his love interest gets engaged to another man. He decides to end his life, but not before creating a plot to kill the bride or the groom at the altar. He also leaves a suicide note, which is discovered just in time to try and stop the diabolical plan from becoming a gruesome reality.
This is the third film with a similar theme created by D.W. Griffith in a short period of time. "An Awful Moment" (1908) and "The Cord of Life" (1909) were released a month or two before it.
We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print. Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.Directed by D.W. Griffith
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