Lillian Gish's THE LILY AND THE ROSE (1916)

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Lillian Gish's THE LILY AND THE ROSE (1916)

PostThu Apr 06, 2017 4:08 pm

I was reading through my collection of Lillian Gish clippings the other day and was startled to see a mention in a 1980's British article that 1916's THE LILY AND THE ROSE was being screened in London. I had no idea this movie still existed! Someone mentions on another thread the film exists in an incomplete copy at the Library of Congress. Has anybody seen this movie - or what remains of it. SOLD FOR MARRIAGE is the only non-Griffith title from the 1910's I've seen from Gish's filmography, does anyone know of other survivors - or has seen LILY AND THE ROSE?
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Re: Lillian Gish's THE LILY AND THE ROSE (1916)

PostThu Apr 06, 2017 4:45 pm

It played Cinesation the first year I went. Not sure if I wrote about each film but my recollection is that while it was nicely done and well photographed, I found it a bit hard to be sympathetic for L. Gish as the country wife who wants to sit home and knit every night, so her husband winds up dallying with a dancer. Couldn't she go out once or twice a week, anyway? The story presents her as the model of womanhood the husband is unworthy of; I just thought the marriage was a bad match. I kind of think maybe it wasn't complete, but I can't remember to what extent exactly.

Here's James Bazen:

The Lily and the Rose(Triangle,1915)-This was Cinesation's "Archive
Surprise",and this was a really pleasant treat,with a wonderful commentary from
James Cozart.This is one of Lillian's early features and we see her at the
height of her exquisite beauty.This was an entertaining melodrama with Lillian
as a small town girl who marries a city society man.Soon,the husband grows
bored with her and takes up with a glamorous dancer(Played by the real Rozsika
Dolly of the Dolly sisters),only to later become disenchanted at how flighty
and self-absorbed the dancer is.Lillian is wonderful as always and looking
quite fetching in some lovely gowns of the period.One of the best parts was
when Lillian discovers her husband's infidelity and firmly gives him an
ultimatum,and I really liked Rozsika Dolly.I wonder why she didn't make more
films.I thought she was a knockout.
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Re: Lillian Gish's THE LILY AND THE ROSE (1916)

PostThu Apr 06, 2017 4:45 pm

Lillian's surviving features of the 1910s not directed by Griffith are:

Lord Chumley (1914) Cineteca del Friuli
Enoch Arden (1915) GEH, LOC, MOMA
The Lily and the Rose (1915) LOC; 4 reels of 5
Sold for Marriage (1916) GEH, LOC, Cineteca del Friuli
The Children Pay (1916) Danske Filminstitut

Fragments:
Captain Macklin (1915) LOC; 1 reel of 4
A House Built Upon Sand (1916) LOC

Also worth mentioning is the curious case of "Pathways of Life", filmed by Fine Arts around 1916 but apparently not released until 1921, when it was distributed as a 3-reeler on the states' rights market. UCLA has a 16mm print.

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Re: Lillian Gish's THE LILY AND THE ROSE (1916)

PostThu Apr 06, 2017 6:21 pm

Thanks to you both for the info!

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