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The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption (1916)

Director: Frank Beal
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Studio: Kino Video
Genre: Drama, Short Films, Silent, Silent Dramas

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The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption (Disc 1 of 2) (1916)
Often dismissed as products of a more innocent time, films of the 1910s frequently confronted incendiary social issues with remarkable frankness. By wrapping explosive subject matter within layers of melodrama, filmmakers dodged public criticism while making their political views even more compelling, demonstrating the cinemas potential as a persuasive cultural force. THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE stars silent goddess Norma Talmadge as a morphine-addicted artist's model who sends a neurotic painter (Tully Marshall) down a path of moral deterioration.

The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption (Disc 2 of 2) (1916)

One of the most notorious films of the silent era, THE INSIDE OF THE WHITE SLAVE TRAFFIC dramatizes the methods by which a network of American pimps force unsuspecting women into lives of prostitution (and even includes a handy glossary of underworld slang). Attacking child labor and the unhealthy living conditions of the urban tenement, CHILDREN OF EVE climaxes in a detailed reenactment of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.


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