Hello, hello, hello, all you movie fans all over the world! I’ve got a new video from Mr. Skin for you; but first a word about one of my writing heroes, Edgar Allan Poe.
Last night I was reading my library book on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. The book has all kinds of notations in the margins. One notation said that D. W. Griffith, the great silent filmmaker and director, had released a movie about Edgar Allan Poe in 1909.
So, I punched up YouTube and put in the search term “Edgar Allan Poe by D. W. Griffith” and sure enough there was a seven-minute short by Griffith about Edgar Allan Poe. No sound. Poe’s wife is in bed. She is obviously very sick. He’s writing at a desk in the same room. Above his desk is a statue of a raven. He finishes writing and shows his sick wife what he wrote. She likes it. After going around to a couple of publishers, he finally gets one to pay him for the poem. He brings home groceries and a new blanket. He’s over joyed. As he puts the blanket over his wife, he realizes she’s dead and he collapses on top of her in despair. I loved it. Oh, sure, to our present eyes the acting (it’s actually pantomime) is overwrought; but I can understand the impact the film must have had on an audience in 1909.
Well, here’s the video from Mr. Skin.