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Rare Gems on DVD

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OUR DOCUMENTARY

    We are proud to present to all silent film lovers our multiple award-winning documentary! In March 2015 it won the distinction "Award of Merit" at the San Francisco Film Awards. In May it won the Silver Award at the 2015 International Independent Film Awards. In September 2015 it won the Award of Recognition at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Of equal merit is the inclusion of the documentary in the Official Selection of the San Jose International Short Film Festival in October 2015. In December the documentary won the extremely prestigious Diamond Award at the 2015 California Film Awards. The amazing run of recognition for our documentary continued in 2016. In February it was included in the Official Selection of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival.

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   Mary Pickford

 

Directed by                     Marshall Neilan
Produced by                   Mary Pickford
Scenario by                    Frances Marion
Based on                         the novel Stella Maris by William John Locke
Starring                          Mary Pickford, Conway Tearle
Cinematography            Walter Stradling
Distributed by                Artcraft Pictures Corporation
Release date                    January 21, 1918
Running time                  83 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                        Silent film, English intertitles

 

This movie is part of our series "Other Favorite Films". This category includes films that do not feature a particular star from our site, but which in our view represent a major contribution of a silent movie to the Arts and Culture of the world.

 

"Stella Maris" is a moving drama, in which Mary Pickford plays two roles very convincingly - one of Stella Maris, a rich paralyzed young lady and the other of Unity, an uneducated orphaned girl.

Stella lives in a fantasy world, being shielded from the ugly side of life. She especially enjoys the company of John (Conway Tearle), a famous journalist.  He lives separately from his alcoholic wife called Louise, but this truth is also hidden from Stella.

Unity lives in an orphanage and one day is picked for adoption by Louise.  Unity is surprised to learn that she was chosen not to be a daughter, but a servant.  One day Unity's groceries are stolen and she returns home empty-handed.  Louise has a fit of rage, beats the girl almost to death, and is sentenced later to three years in prison.  John adopts Unity to atone for her suffering.

In the meantime Stella gets an operation and starts walking.  She gradually discovers poverty, war, death and other unpleasant life realities. 

One day Stella and John declare their love for each other.  She then decides to visit his "deserted castle" and is shocked to find there Louise, John's wife, fresh out of prison.  Stella is very disillusioned with life when even John lied to her.

Unity is in love with John secretly as well, but realizes he is only interested in Stella.  She witnesses John's distress after being rejected by Stella and later realizes that these two can never be together as long as Louise lives. 

The film is ranked number 99 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

It has a strong rating in IMDB.

 

Stella Maris (1918) on IMDb

 

 

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   Mary Pickford in her two roles

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